Are you enjoying this holiday season? Are you taking time to look around, see the lights and decorations? Are you being thoughtful in your gift buying? Are you taking care of yourself?
Or are you totally stressed? End of the year holiday shopping and family expectations are enough to manage without adding on work stress. That’s a formula for disaster. So many people dread this time of year. In midlife that stress takes its toll far more than on your younger self. This can be a joyous time of year.
You can choose to spend your time and energy on what brings you joy. You can make decisions based on what you want instead of what others want. I know it’s a challenge but what better time to start than during this holiday season.
Honoring yourself is the greatest gift you can give to yourself and to others. Your life will be far richer when you stop to enjoy it!
Action: Take these actions right now so can you can experience a joyous holiday season.
- Eliminate your energy drainers and your stressors. Make a quick list of your current most immediate tasks that have filled your plate. Sometimes just the act of writing a list makes it more manageable – something more tangible that you can tackle. What is distracting you from enjoying this season? List work and personal tasks.
- Check your emotional health. What are you feeling while looking at the list? Now, breathe deeply. Fill your lungs. Let it out slowly. Look at your list again. What can be put off until next year? What can quickly be done? What can be done by others? Prioritize the rest and do them.
- Add more joy. Put yourself at the top of your priority list. Slow down. You’re under control. Keep breathing. Be aware of your surroundings. Be present in your environment. Reawaken your feelings – let the good ones come in. Think about what you really want to do. Be sure it includes taking care of yourself. Have fun. Laugh, let those endorphins flow. Feel good again.
Give yourself the gift of being present this season. Slow down, take time for your life.
Happy Holidays! Happy New Year!
Diane, The Midlife Woman’s Career Coach
Diane Howell Topkis is the author of 26 Keys to Unlocking Career Change Success for Midlife Women, the first in her Career Clarity series. Diane works with midlife women to gain the clarity and confidence to reinvent or re-energize their career into meaningful work for their next chapter. See more at www.YourNextChapterNOW.com.