Welcome to this year’s holiday blogging event. It’s that time of year on my blog where I post every day for 12 days with inspiration, motivation, blessings, and strategies for you as you live each day of your amazing life and as you create your own unique path to success. I will also include special offers, freebies, or quick audios to lift your spirits and inspire you.
Day 1 Bring More Joy into Your Holiday Season
If you are like most people, the Holiday Season is filled with extra activities, gatherings, and other tasks. Yet you still have your carpools, commutes, jobs, and everything else that goes along with your everyday life. This time of the year can be stressful because you have tried to pack too much into your days. When you shift your intention to experiencing and seeing more joy, your life shifts, too. Joy is something you choose, it is a state of being, a constant. You can live from a place of joy no matter what is going on in your life.
Here are some tips to help you.
Choose joy every day. Make it your first choice of the day. Say, “Today I choose joy”.
Manage your expectations: When you plan your shopping, wrapping presents, or other projects-look at your week, have you blocked out the time? Can one human being possibly accomplish everything that you have planned? If not, eliminate, restructure, or delegate. Ask, how can I make this more fun?
Set aside time for the important things: Whether it is work or home, making sure you do what is important will help you relax and be open to more joy and happiness.
Value your Yes. You do not have to say “yes” to every opportunity that arises during the Holidays or at any time in your life. Choose to do the things that are meaningful and that you really want to do them. Protect your Yes.
Do one thing at a time: By focusing on one thing, you have a higher level of concentration and will be able to accomplish more in a shorter amount of time. Multi-tasking takes up more time and you end up feeling depleted and scattered.
Just Start: Most procrastination stems from fear-fear of the unknown or fear of not accomplishing something successfully. Overcoming procrastination involves one simple idea-just start. Start your task with some activity or aspect of the project. Remember that saying, “a body in motion tends to stay in motion”?
Practice Self-Care. Rest. Change up your workouts so you won’t get bored. Eat nutritious food. Take your supplements. Hit the gym and the spa.
Give Generously. Consider upping your giving. Giving in a new way takes your mind off disappointments that inevitably occur. Someone can’t make it home. Gifts don’t arrive on time. Etc. but when you focus on helping others, you bring in more joy.
Acknowledge sadness and other painful emotions. If you have lost people in your life, the Holiday Season can trigger sadness. This is normal and you will create more inner peace if you let yourself cry if you feel like it and remember your loved ones. And not everyone has great Christmas memories. If you grew up with addictions, dysfunction or abuse, perhaps the holidays were very difficult. Notice your feelings. Give yourself the space to be aware of bittersweet thoughts but don’t drown in them. Give yourself a pivoting point where you make a deliberate mental shift to thinking about what is working and good in your life.
Have fun. See things through a child’s eyes. Notice the wonder and merriment. Try something new.
Set up joyful reminders or alarms a few times a day to tune into your thoughts and choose joy in the moment.
Live joyfully: Practice gratitude and truly enjoy the Holiday Season. Appreciate and be thankful for your friends, your family, your home, your vehicle, your job, your pillow, the fact that you are alive….the list could go on and on. Be in a state of gratitude and love. Live joyfully!
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The 12 Days of Joy Blog Series
Sheri Kaye Hoff
Coach, Trainer, and Author, Sheri Kaye Hoff, is a Business Coach known for inspiring massive action and a catalyst for personal and business growth, joy, and profits in a way that is fun, relaxing, and fulfilling, Sheri inspires people to do the work they love and make more money. Sheri helps business owners and professionals to relax into success. She uses both spiritual and practical techniques to obliterate blocks and create dramatic change. She is a business, leadership, happiness, and inner game expert. She has overcome nearly dying, and the loss of her brother at an early age. She has made it her life mission to discover the keys to happiness and success and then share them with her clients and community. Learn More About Sheri