Protecting Your Inner Peace This Holiday Season

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The Importance of Inner Peace During the Holidays

The holiday season often disrupts life’s typical daily routines with all the hosting, traveling, scheduling, and shopping that it requires — not to mention all the unexpected expenses and visiting family members (who usually bring their expectations along with them). As such, many people find this a trying time for their mental health.

Maintaining your inner peace during the holidays is an important part of preserving your overall wellbeing. This can help you make sure that your actions align with your beliefs and values, and it will increase the likelihood of you being able to savor the most enjoyable parts of the season.

If all the stuff on your plate has you feeling the pressure, try these useful techniques that can help you protect your inner peace this holiday season.

Prioritize Me-Time

Enjoy the sound of silence, or indulge in listening to your favorite musical artist or podcast. Let your hair down, and give yourself a break. Don’t tie yourself to other people’s schedules, expectations, or perceptions. Letting yourself just be is a crucial part of maintaining your inner peace. You can try meditating, taking a bath, going for a walk, watching the sunset, journaling, reading, or enjoying a warm beverage. Be gentle with yourself right now. The holiday season increases your stress levels, and this is not the time for you to hold yourself to an impossible standard.

Don’t Rush

It can be tempting to get caught up in the buzz of the season, causing you to rush from place to place and from activity to activity. This is sure to contribute to feelings of anxiety, restlessness, and general ungroundedness. When you catch yourself rushing, take a deep breath, slow down, and remind yourself that most things can happen at a slower pace. Consider building additional time into your schedule for travel, errands, and other tasks. Give yourself permission to slow down. This has the added benefit of making it easier to enjoy the moment. Letting yourself fully experience all the joyous, humorous parts of life can make the stress of the season worth it.

Find Outlets for Difficult Emotions

During stressful times, it’s almost inevitable that you will experience negative emotions at one point or another. Choose some strategies ahead of time that you can use to air out those negative feelings. This will keep them from festering, something which would inhibit your ability to enjoy the positive parts of the season. Some things to try are journaling, channeling your emotions into movement, asking a friend to be your vent buddy (and offering to return the favor), and/or using voice memos to say all your negative thoughts and feelings aloud. These tricks will help you externalize your frustrations, making it easier for you to preserve a sense of inner peace.

Limit Exposure to Triggers

Unfortunately, this is easier said than done, since triggers come in many forms. Triggers can include people, like that family member who always asks when you are getting married; places, like a relative’s house where you often felt stifled as a child; and smaller, more innocuous things like specific foods and smells. Try to identify what your triggers are ahead of time, that way you can limit your exposure to them. Even if you can’t avoid your triggers completely, you’ll at least be aware of what you’re getting yourself into. That will help you make other accommodations for yourself. For instance, maybe you can build breaks from the trigger into your schedule by planning times that you can go for a walk, take bathroom breaks, or “get a phone call.” 

Cultivate Surrender and Acceptance

If you go into the chaos of the holiday season with the knowledge that there will be things you can’t control and with the resolve to accept your situation, you will be ready to protect your inner peace. It can be incredibly frustrating to come up against obstacles, last-minute changes or cancellations, and other people’s conflicting desires. Try to view these challenges as opportunities to live and let live. If you can do that, you may just find yourself feeling calmer than usual as you ride the waves of this holiday season.

Be Thankful for the Good Things

People often speak of using the holiday season to recognize and appreciate the blessings in life, but it’s a lot harder to put that principle into practice. As you embark upon your seasonal journey, promise to practice authentic gratitude. Some ways to do this include writing in a gratitude journal, doing gratitude-focused meditation, discussing the things you are thankful for with your loved ones, and using verbal affirmations when you’re feeling stretched thin.

Don’t Let Stress Ruin the Season

Though it may be difficult, it’s incredibly important for you to protect your inner peace from the stresses of the holiday season. Doing so enhances your ability to enjoy yourself, and it’s a key part of practicing self-care in the face of increased tension.

Trying some of the methods outlined in this article should hopefully assist you in this endeavor. However, if you’d like additional support when trying to defend your inner peace, consider reaching out to a psychic. Getting a reading can help you understand the sources of stress in your life and come up with coping mechanisms that are specifically tailored to your lifestyle and personality.

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