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I work a 40 hour week, have three children under ten years of
age (four, if you count my husband), a dog and an endless
"To Do" list. My holiday cards say "Peace"
on them. How can I find a little peace for myself this season?
Seeking Holiday Peace
Since extra activities,
responsibilities and expectations at this time of year are
unavoidable, I'm going to give you a few ideas on how you can
clear a better path for serenity.
Start by removing as much outer stress-inducing debris as you
can. Basic practical skills can help bulldoze the clutter of
activities that rob your time. For example, simplify your
schedule and responsibilities. Reschedule non-urgent activities
for after the holidays and eliminate those holiday "To
Dos" you no longer enjoy or that cause you stress. Then use
every time management tip you know and ask other working moms
for timesaving tips that get them through the holidays.
Next, eliminate as much inner stress-inducing debris as
possible. Identify any self-sabotaging emotional patterns that
may surface at this time of year. For example, do you allow or
even create more chaos than necessary? Does any part of you feel
undeserving of holiday joy? Are you in the "habit" of
stress during this time of year?
If you answered "yes" to any of these, try to
heighten your awareness of them so you can catch yourself when
you start slipping back into them and apply the brakes. The
recurrent spotlight of consciousness, like an acupuncture
needle, can diffuse old patterns even in the busiest of times.
Also remember that emotional issues are, in themselves, ideal
opportunities for inner growth and spiritual evolution.
The more inner and outer clutter, chaos and stress you clear
from your days, the more space you create for peace. It is a
powerful positive cycle that quite effectively counteracts the
negative stress-breeds-more-stress cycle.