Dec 14 2013

The Write Way to Manage Holiday Stress

Published by at 10:56 am under Coaching,creative writing,Journal Prompts,Weblogs

As we move into this holiday season I am filled with trepidation.  I have not lost my childlike excitement for Christmas.  I like the tree, the sound of carols, the baking and decorating and shopping for gifts.  Yet after the holidays I feel flat and unsatisfied.

This year I turned my pre-season thoughts to expectations and used my journal to explore what I wanted out of Christmas which led me to astonishing insight into how I set myself up for disappointment.  While I have a vivid internal idea of how the days should proceed, I have not stopped to think what my family is expecting nor have I tried to communicate to them my own expectations…a sure recipe for disaster.

This year take time to explore your personal ideal holiday.  Clear your mind and set an intention that will deliver the holiday experience you want.

Here are some journal starters to manage your holiday stress:

1) Right now I’m thinking…. -  Take a moment to notice what’s on your mind.  This year I noticed how unorganized I was after all my recent travels. I felt I might not be able to live up to my family traditions!

2)  All I want for Christmas is …..  Writing down your expectations gives you a chance to step back and look at what is really meaningful for you – and what is realistic.

3) When Christmas comes to my house …. Now you can set the intention for what you will do this year to make your holiday experience the best ever.

Let go of tradition and create a new holiday that delivers Joy!

Seasons Greetings to one and all!

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