Weren’t the holidays a magical and exciting time when you were younger? As an adult, we face so many financial and familial stressors, that it can be really difficult to enjoy the holidays.
If you have kids, it’s easier to reconnect with that lost excitement, because you can see all the holiday wonder through their eyes. But still, you are the one who has to work hard to make those presents appear under the tree, and create a holiday feast to remember.
If you aren’t entertaining over the holidays, or you don’t have children to create holiday magic for, it’s easy to leave the decorating and cooking to someone else. However, decorating, baking, and listening to holiday music can all be really soothing activities if you are stressed. Use your senses to reconnect with the holidays of your childhood, and be a kid again, even if it’s just for an hour or two.
Play some holiday music, even if you usually don’t like it. Sometimes, with all of those bells, chimes and cheery voices, the happiness can be infectious.
Bake cookies (even if they’re from a mix)! If you don’t have time to bake, warm up some vanilla, cinnamon and water in a pot on the stove, and your whole house will smell like Christmas.
Eat the cookies too! Or buy your favourite holiday treats, the ones that your family always had on hand at this time of year.
You don’t have to cover your house in twinkling lights to enjoy the holidays. Some low lighting and candles will set the tone.
It’s easy to get lost in your own thoughts, when you are balancing so much in a short span of time. Practice being in the moment and feeling grounded. Take a moment and sit down, with your feet planted flat on the ground. Be aware of your surroundings. Take it all in for just a few minutes, so that you can escape your stress. If you practice being fully in your body, you can’t be stuck in your head.
When you feel the holiday pressure of being an adult, take a break, have some fun, and be a kid again! Create a little holiday magic for yourself!