Do you thrive on all the activities of the holidays? Do all those lists, shopping, plans, cooking and so on and on leave, you feeling energized or exhausted? If you answered yes, you can quit reading now.
However, if like many of us, you find the Holidays a mixed-bag and often end up feeling exhausted, drained, frustrated or sad, then keep reading.
There is certainly not a one-size-fits-all answer to how do “do” the Holidays. But this is a good time to take a careful assessment of which activities you enjoy, and which you do only because you “should”.
Just a few minutes setting priorities may make all the difference.
Take a few minutes not to set some priorities and things may go a little smoother allowing you to breeze through December with a smile on your face.
What’s a Holiday Sensitivity Profile? It’s your energy profile and prediction of how well you’ll get through the holiday!
The holidays are upon us again. For many of us, the holidays are a mixed bag. While many people look forward to them, others dread them or have mixed feelings for a variety of reasons.
I was reminded of this yesterday when talking to a very balanced, focused friend who was feeling “off” and kind of sad. When I mentioned that it’s almost Thanksgiving, she immediately knew that’s what was wrong.
If you’re a Highly Sensitive Person it’s quite likely that the holidays are more of a struggle for you, but even people who don’t normally have a problem find the holidays to be very stressful.
Don’t you just hate the pressure of finding the perfect gift?
I do! I start my holiday shopping early in the fall, because I’m picky about what I give my friends and family. And there are always people “impossible” to buy for! I’m torn between buying what I would want or finding something to fit them. (Hint: if we love it, they’ll probably feel the same way!) Whatever I buy, I worry they won’t be happy.
Are you a Co-Dependent gift giver?
You guessed it. I’m a co-dependent gift giver. Enough is never enough! Over the years I’ve learned to soften the edges of my holiday shopping anxiety with this simple mantra: It really is the thought that counts!
You don’t have to be an HSP (highly sensitive person) or Empath to find useful information in this post.
Do you have times where life just seems difficult or overwhelming?
We all have times in our lives where things feel difficult, chaotic or overwhelming. Life seems harder, you tend to be more affected by the people, circumstances, and energies around you. Even if you wouldn’t normally describe yourself as sensitive, you may find yourself feeling unusually triggered or unable to cope.
These tips may help during those times and during the Holidays
The Holidays are a time when you may be struggling to maintain your normal balance and calm. Some of these tips may come in handy now and at other times when you’re under additional stress. There is often too much to do, too many expectations, and other emotional ups and downs that may come up at this time of year.
You may be feeling emotions more strongly, and have thoughts, feelings, and sensations that you just can’t explain. In the course of a day you may swing wildly from happy, to sad, to fearful and back up (hopefully) to feeling good?
Have you been feeling like it’s difficult to think clearly? Do you know that feeling when you’re trying to figure out something and it’s just not making sense?
Are the signals to your brain getting scrambled?
Do you feel like your brain is just a little foggy and isn’t “computing” correctly? It seems to be going around. Some people describe it as difficulty focusing, but others say they can focus and concentrate just fine; it just doesn’t feel like things are coming in clearly…almost like the signal is a bit scrambled. Continue reading →
Being an empath or HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) can give you huge advantages both in business and in life. Believe it or not, your sensitivity could just be a blessing.
You hear a lot about the downside of being an empath/HSP; feeling drained, overwhelmed, bombarded, losing focus and yes, feeling other people’s fears. In fact, if you’re like most of us, you struggle daily and can’t imagine that there’s an upside to being an energy sponge.
But it’s not all negative, if you learn ways to work with your sensitivity. When you are able to balance out the plusses and minuses, you’ll find a refreshing clarity of thought and depth of emotions. Continue reading →
Travel can be alternately exhausting, frustrating and energizing. How can you even things out?
Let’s face it, travel can be extremely stressful for everyone. If you’re an HSP or empath it can be even more trying. Airports, Crowded planes, jet lag, strange surroundings, figuring out where to go and what to do, time schedules, etc, all add up and can ruin either a business trip or a vacation pretty quickly.
If you’re planning a vacation or a business trip, a little pre-planning can make all the difference
How do you fit it all in without losing track of yourself in the shuffle?
As a parent, you have your own schedule and work to worry about, plus making sure your kids get to where they are supposed to be, get their home work done, do well in school, socialize…..it’s a seemingly never-ending list.
Pre-planning can reduce stress and help you ease into the day. It’s easy to be so overwhelmed by it all that it’s hard to focus on what steps to take. Before you know it you are fully embroiled in stress. Here are just a few ideas we hope will help you have a more relaxed school year.