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6 Habits for a Healthy Holiday Mindset

                                                                 (Image Credit: Jeannie Skeans)

It's the most wonderful time of the year. But with this time of the year, added demands and expectations can bring new forms of stress. Getting your mind in the right space will allow you to truly enjoy the holidays and focus on the people you love. Here are 6 habits to get you started on that healthy holiday mindset.

1. Take Time to Reflect 

We live in a culture of connectivity and constant distraction. We’re always expected to be “on,” we’re always moving to the next big thing, and too many of us tie our self-worth to our to-do list. Our brains need time to unwind and play in order to process events, feelings, and thoughts. Unfortunately, very few of us allow time to be still and cultivate reflection. You need time to be alone, turn off your devices, and think. Reflecting allows you to gain perspective and helps you to respond more effectively. 

2. Say Goodbye to Negative Self-Talk

Replace destructive and critical self-talk with positive affirmations. Let go of the drive to be perfect and perform all the time. 

3. Get Ready for the Difficult Moments

You might have some serious tension or disagreements with family members. Instead of running away from those challenges, shift your mindset and see them as opportunities for growth. Recognize how you can grow as a person by speaking your mind kindly and making progress to improve your relationships instead of damaging them. Have honest conversations.

4. Give Thanks

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. 

5. Spend Time With People Who Lift You Up

Be intentional about the people you see over the holidays. You don’t have to say yes to every party invitation. There’s no way you can keep up with it all. Focus on the people who bring positivity and encouragement and say no to the rest. 

6. Serve Your Community

Nothing will give you joy like being connected with a great purpose. If you’re having a tough time getting out of a negative mental mindset, getting your focus off yourself and giving back to your community will recalibrate your life in ways that will bless you.

Take care of yourself so you can truly enjoy the holidays. Don’t be afraid to say “no” when you need to focus on re-adjusting your mindset.

Your thoughts shape your reality, so make sure it’s the reality you want to live.