10 Tips for Finding Peace During the Holidays

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Fall marks the beginning of the holiday season, and falling leaves remind us that the hustle bustle will soon begin, prompting us to hit the ground running. How do you find peace as you navigate through it all? Here are some tips that you may find helpful: 

  1. Begin your day with gratitude 

Before your feet hit the floor, think of something for which you are grateful. Then, make a point to carry gratitude with you throughout the day. 

  1. Let go of expectations

Finding peace is about letting go of things that cause you stress and focusing on the things that bring you joy. From falling leaves and snowflakes to cupcakes, find your joy.

  1. Don’t be afraid to say no

It’s the time of year to prioritize and put your focus on things that matter to you. If you spread yourself too thin, you won’t have time savor your blessings.

  1. Set boundaries in gift-giving

Shopping malls and big box stores at the busiest time of year robs you or your inner peace. Scale back and focus on giving gifts of your time, backed goods, or shop main street instead.

  1. Acknowledge what you’re feeling and be open about it 

If you share your quest for finding peace in the season, family and friends will help you do it, and may also start doing it themselves.

  1. Schedule peaceful moments

Set time aside for yourself and put it on the calendar. Read a book, watch a holiday movie, take a walk, or listen to music. It’s therapeutic.

  1. Go easy on yourself

It’s often easy to give others grace, but not yourself. Don’t kick yourself for not getting holiday cards in the mail or only baking one batch of cookies. Prioritize yourself.

  1. Spend time doing things that brought you joy as a child 

Go ice skating or play in the snow. Drink hot cocoa. Peace can come from doing little things that spark happy memories and bring your joy. 

  1. Find the quiet

Have you stood outside and looked at the stars in the quiet of the night lately? You’ll be amazed what it will do for you. Peace is found in quiet moments. 

  1. Breath fresh air

Step outside and breathe the fresh air, deeply. Think of it as a cleansing breath. 

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