When it comes to beating the stress of this time of year, I think we should all take a page out of Agent Cooper's book:
Maybe it's just me, but I find even activities that are fun and rejuvenating the other 11 months of the year suddenly feel like burdensome obligations once December rolls around. Combine the pressing needs of the season with the short, cold days, and it's a recipe for frazzled nerves.
This year, instead of adding more to my to-do list in an effort to cope with the season, I'm going to try to heed this advice. A daily treat, to stay firmly anchored in the present and engaged with the world. The idea of letting it come naturally instead of planning for it is key here. Surrendering to the flow of forces out of my control, remaining open to new possibilities, and keeping a sense of curiosity in spite of staunchly held traditions sounds like just the cure for the sense of overwhelm that takes over my life every Thanksgiving until the New Year.
So often the holidays are about what we do to support others. And that's great - I'm not suggesting we pull back in any sense. But it's just as important to celebrate ourselves too, even if just for a few moments everyday, so as to not lose ourselves in the whirlwind of the season.
For more tips on beating the cycle of holiday induced stress, pay a visit to the ladies of The Maven Circle.