Well, the holidays are gaining on us fast and the stress of trying to do all that needs doing before, during and after can leave us holding onto too much, while forgetting to be grateful for much else.
Maybe you’re holding onto a past resentment or two about a particular family member that you will hopefully avoid sitting next to at Thanksgiving Dinner or during Hanukkah or Christmas Dinner. Those holidays are just around the corner too.
Perhaps that sense of overwhelm with too much to do and too little time to get ‘er done is beginning to take over your thoughts and you’re already feeling that sense of dread building.
Here are a few tips to let go and give thanks instead.
First, when you notice the emotion of overwhelm or dread, stop and breathe. Yes, intentional deep breathing can have an instant impact on our psyche.
Here’s how to do it.
Second, be grateful for something general, in the moment, after you do the breathing exercise.
Keep it general, having nothing to do with any of the holidays. Simply find gratitude for your eyes being able to read this. Your ears for hearing someone say I love you. Get me?
Gratitude goes a long way in helping us improve our thoughts and feelings around what can be a challenging time for many.
This Thanksgiving season, however, you now have a tool to help get you through any stress or overwhelm.
Terri O'Donnell is a certified Life Coach. She is an honest, straight shooter who is dedicated to using her training and experience to help people live the life they desire.