Learning to simplify your life is key to celebrating a peaceful, grounded holiday season.
Winter is typically a time when we crave introspection and want to nurture what’s important. Yet, the holidays can cause us to think this time of year is about material possessions, holiday parties, or running ourselves ragged trying to get everything done.
How can you make the most of the holiday season, while staying grounded? It starts with simplifying your life, focusing on what’s important, and letting the rest go.
Here are 10 ways you can simplify your life and stay grounded this season.
1. Focus on connection. Re-establish connections with people who are important to you, whether it’s friends, family or colleagues. If you have a business, focus on reaching out and reconnecting with those you may have lost touch with but whom you would love to work with in the future.
2. Tie up any (important) loose ends. If you have things to do that you keep putting off, ask yourself: How important is this really? If it truly is important (like getting your annual check-up or putting new tires on your car or having that much needed but awkward conversation), schedule time for it on your calendar. Otherwise…
3. Be willing to let it go. Likely some things you wished or planned for that didn’t come to fruition this year. Give yourself permission to let those things go. If they are truly important, you can pick them up again when the time is right. If not, you’ll free up your time and energy.
4. Identify your few most important things. In order to simplify your life, you must know what is truly important. What cannot go by the wayside, no matter what? What is so important that you can’t possibly let slide? Identify those 3-5 key things, and reset your expectations on the others.
5. Choose quality over quantity. While December has 31 days in it, many of these days are earmarked for holiday, family or work gatherings. Focus on making the most of the time you do spend on your important projects. When you can be fully present, the quality of your time and work will be solid, no matter the length of time.
6. Come back to yourself and your breath. When you feel overwhelmed, stressed, or exhausted, remember to come back to yourself to stay grounded. Take a deep breath in and sign it out. Repeat as many times as necessary. You can do this anytime, anywhere.
7. Take care of yourself. Incorporate a self-care routine. Stay hydrated and get enough sleep. Get even more water and sleep than you think you need. Eat twice as many vegetables as you do holiday candy. Your body will thank you for it.
8. Create some space. You can’t move into a new space without first getting rid of what’s taking up the old space (literally and figuratively). Let go of what’s old and resist the urge to fill that space. Stay open to possibilities and opportunities.
9. Stay connected to the activities that center you. The practices you have that help you feel centered are so important in busy times. So whether it’s yoga, the gym, or meditation, keep these activities a part of your daily routine no matter what. You’ll find they help you stay grounded.
10. Take time off to rest and recharge. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking we must wrap up every little detail by the end of the year. But this can lead to burnout. Instead, give yourself the gift of time off. Allow yourself to rest, so you can return recharged and re-energized.
I’d love to hear from you: How will you simplify your life this season and get back to the important basics? What helps you stay grounded or focused?
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