There’s a lot of giving and receiving that happens during the holiday season. Workplaces do Secret Santa and gift exchanges, you have an ever-growing list of parties to attend and potluck dinners to contribute to – even just showing up and beingpresent at all these events can be exhausting. It’s easy to lose sight of the important things and get wrapped up (get it?) in the holiday hub-bub. The holidays are supposed to be a time that we spend with those nearest and dearest to our hearts (are you imagining yourself sitting on your grandfather’s knee in front of the fireplace, rocking in his rocking rocking chair right now?). But we spend a lot of time rushing around making sure we hit every party and get the best gift, and we forget to pay attention to ourselves, the fact that we’re burning out. We also forget to stay grateful –trulygrateful, not ‘Thanks so much for the candelabra, it’s soooo lovely!’ kind of grateful. So let’s bring it back to basics. Here are some simple ways to practice gratitude throughout the holiday season.
Self-care practices can fall to the wayside when we get super busy, especially during the holidays. We attend parties, fill up on rich foods and wine and find it harder to fit in those loving rituals we would practice to show our gratitude for ourselves.
It’s undeniable that the holiday season revolves around giving; giving thanks, gifts, presence – you name it. It’s not always easy to think up a thoughtful gift, so instead you resort to a nice-looking sweater or a book recommended by the sales person. There’s nothing wrong with these gifts, but just think how special it could be if we took some time to find a meaningful gift that reflected the love and gratitude we have for the person we’re shopping for. Sometimes a hand-made craft or coupon book full of “unlimited hugs” is worth more than an expensive cashmere scarf.
The holidays are a faced-paced time and we can lose sight of what’s important to us because we’re flooded with feelings of overwhelming decision making, stress, and commitments. Rather than let the negative chaos take over you, remind yourself of all the beautiful and positive things in your life.
What are you grateful for this holiday season? Let us know @myinnerfire #myinnerfire. We always love hearing from this beautiful community.