Thursday, December 18, 2014

"Bah Humbug" has shopping, wrapping, cooking, traveling, and entertaining killed your holiday spirit?

During the month of December we shop until we drop, wrap until our fingers cramp, cook to entertain or satisfy our holiday cravings and travel more than any other time of year, it's no wonder we find ourselves throwing our hands up and say "Bah Humbug"!
The days of caroling and hot cocoa by the fire are gone, we overwhelm ourselves with pressures that kill our holiday spirit.  Just the other day I was walking around the mall on my "planned" shopping day to finish up my holiday shopping.  As I walked in and out of several stores without a single purchase, I started to feel discouraged, I actually found myself wishing it wasn’t Christmas.  I didn't even know what I was looking for, so how could I have a successful shopping trip?  So I decided to stop and regroup; here is what I did.

1. Bought myself a hot latte and a quick snack.  Refueled my body, this is important to keep your energy levels up.
2. Sat down, took a few cleansing breaths to clear my mind. Decluttered my mind, this is important for clarity.
3. Looked around and took in the beauty of the holiday decorations, the people walking by with packages, smiles and chattering with each other.  Recharged my spirit, this is important to remain positive.
4. Decided the next store I entered would be fun and interactive.  Created my goal, this is important for focus.

These four simple, yet effective tools took me all of about 15 minutes.  I was rejuvenated, focused and ready to go.  I spent the next couple of hours successfully accomplishing my holiday shopping and doing it with a smile and a sense of happiness.  I kicked "Bah Humbug" to the curb. These tips can be applied to all aspects of holiday madness.

Virginia Ann Griffiths
Parent Time and Stress
Management Strategist

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