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How I Manage Holiday Expectations

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I love the holidays so much. There is something inherently magical about the Christmas time for me. With that being said, sometimes my enthusiasm for the holidays can build some unrealistic expectations for how my holidays should pan out. As you might have guessed based on past blogs of mine, I’m a dreamer and idealist, and so as you can imagine, I set my expectations high each holiday season, dreaming of the perfect Christmassy things with the perfect people, 

in the most perfect surroundings. While there is nothing wrong with desiring the best, the problem lies when we let the idea of the “perfectness” get in the way of what’s really happening. Because I truly intend for my holidays this year to be as magical as possible, I’m also setting an intention to let go of expectations. This week I wanted to share with you how I plan to do so, in hopes that it can benefit you in whatever holiday you celebrate now, or any time of year.

  1. Set intentions. Like I said above, I am intending (by stating here for all you to read), to release my expectations of how I think the holidays should be. Intentions are powerful. The thoughts we think are powerful, and so by setting an intention you are automatically taking control of your holiday’s fate. In addition to surrender of expectations, I also intend to be in gratitude and joyful, even in times of chaos.
  2. Be in the moment. The holidays are a busy time for everyone. There is so much to do, so many people to see, it can feel very crazy and unmanageable. The best way I know how to manage this is to be present. Do one thing at a time, give your attention to the task, the person, the situation, at hand, and release the rest until the time is right for it. With so much going on at this time, it can feel like the time just passes us by, take back this time by cherishing each moment.
  3. Accept and allow. Try not to micromanage each situation and make it like the ideal image that you have in your head. Allow each moment to unfold naturally and as it should. If things don’t go the way that you’d like for them do, take a look at why this bothers you, as opposed to why there is something wrong with the situation. Be in confidence and faith that things are just as they should be.
  4. Take time for yourself. Spend time in gratitude and reflection on what the holidays mean to you. Allow yourself the time and space to feel the feelings that the holidays bring up for you, bask in these emotions, and remember that you can create anything that you desire by starting from the inside out.

I hope these tips are helpful for you this holiday season; I’d love for you all to be in joy, happiness, and peace now and throughout the year! Let’s keep the conversation going in the comments section below!


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About Michelle

Michelle Maros is the Creative Director for Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life and also a writer for the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life blog. She received a degree in Journalism from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Most recently, she became a certified yoga teacher and a holistic health coach. Michelle splits her time between Chicago and Florida. If you would like to contact Michelle, please email her at .

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