Back into the Holiday Season. This is a time that can really try our patience, challenge our health, and take us near or over our breaking point. So how do we help ourselves when it feels we are constantly going from 0-60 throughout the day?
Sure, people always say to you “take a breath” or “relax” or “take a chill pill.” I don’t know about you, but when someone says any of those things–I want to shake them and say “ARE YOU FOR REAL??????” When someone says that to me, it implies that I am doing something wrong. And this advice is often coming from a person who has difficulty managing their own stress. Are they in fact really talking to themselves? Perhaps it makes them feel better when they see someone else in distress and they can feel good about offering advice. Although well-intentioned, it has the opposite effect.
But back to the question–how can we feel well for the holidays? I came up with five things you can do to feel better during these times of stress.
The psychology behind these ideas is really about common sense. Sometimes we get so lost in the forest, and we forget about the individual trees within. I hope these ideas will help you, and I want to wish you a wonderful and Happy Holiday Season!
Organizing your like can work in much the same way. Set small goals, and clean up just that “one corner” that has been bugging you. That corner may or may not turn into the whole area–and it is okay if it is just the one corner. Remember, one bite at a time!
And don’t worry about the elephant. It is only a metaphor, after all. Think of it this way—if you don’t eat the elephant, it could stampede and smother you! (Another metaphor for all of the stuff that piles up when we don’t focus on one thing at a time).
These holidays will come with all of the build up, anticipation, and extra work that goes along with it. You will survive them whether or not you worry and stress, or if you don’t. The other thing to remember is that the holidays are quickly forgotten. That gift you agonized over may or may not be a favorite, but chances are as time goes on, the recipient will not even recall who gave them what gift and when.
Enjoy yourself, Love yourself, do yourself a favor. ONE BITE AT A TIME!
Author: Lynne Patnode
Lynne Patnode is the owner and artist at SilverSpiral Creations. The mission of Jewelry at SilverSpiral Creations is to take Nature’s most beautiful stones and make them into wearable jewelry art. You can shop for jewelry art on SilverSpiral Creations Etsy Store
So who loves rocks, and how does it start? I have had the pleasure of meeting some very young children who are already rock hounds (one of them is pictured here in this post) and I feel a kinship towards them, partly because they are girls, like me. I remember how excited I was to find a new cool rock, fossil, or crystal. I also remember how great it was to get a gift of rocks, especially if it came as a necklace, bracelet or ring that I could wear (when I was young, pierced ears were not a “thing” for young children, or I would have wanted earrings as well).
Now many years later, I am making those wearable rocks, fossils and crystals. I just love to share nature’s art, and I really love sharing this passion with children. I really believe that connecting our children with the earth will help them to appreciate our natural resources and make them want to preserve and protect our world. I also believe that nature’s art will inspire creativity for jewelry and other arts. Just go outdoors and look at some of the color pallets that nature creates! We think WE are artists, but nature has us beat for sure!