Under the twinkle of festive lights, one would think peace came naturally during the holidays. But with all the stressful hustle and bustle of the season, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important.
Among the jingling bells, there’s so much to do. So much to buy. So many places to be. You strive for perfection as you get swept up in holiday traditions, hoping to instill fond memories in your loved ones. Just remember peace is the reason for the season.
So what are some ways you can find peace in the holidays? Let’s take a look at five mindful practices you can implement to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.
Let go of expectations
In your mind, you have a picture of what the perfect holiday season should be. Those traditions you grew up with. The notion that things have to be a certain way for an ideal holiday gathering. Just remember that unrealistic expectations can cause unwanted stress. Time changes traditions. It’s important to live in the moment. Missing what was is ok. This year, focus on the joy of the present.
Focus on self-care
While the holidays can be ripe with opportunities for overindulgence, remember to take care of yourself. Simple steps like getting enough sleep to recharge your battery. Fitting in a little exercise as well as some time to relax can go a long way in creating much-needed calmness during this busy season. Taking care of yourself makes it easier to take care of others.
Learn to gracefully say no
It’s important to find balance during the holiday season. Too many obligations can make you feel like you’re being stretched too far. Set some limits and learn to gracefully say no. Part of the joy of the season is quality, not quantity.
Let go of judgment of yourself and others
The holidays are notorious for family turmoil rising to the surface. When those conflicts pop up, judgment and criticism can follow. It’s also a time when you can be too hard on yourself. Take a step back and be observant when those moments occur. It may be hard to let go of criticism completely, but this can give you a chance to separate from those feelings.
Make it a goal to find peace in the holidays
Most of what makes the holiday season stressful is due to our own actions. This year, make it a goal to find peace in the holidays. But don’t just tell yourself it’s going to happen, make a plan and stick to it. Leave the stress and anxiety behind and focus on what really matters with your loved ones.
At St Croix, we’re not just your source of luxury men’s clothing and world-class designs for the sophisticated man. We genuinely want you to have a joyous time with friends and family during the holiday season. No matter how your family celebrates, we hope you find peace in the holidays for your wonderful life. From the creators of luxury menswear that’s made for you, happy holidays!