Can you believe it’s that time of year again when we have an opportunity to slow down. This year seems to have come and gone and I hope that I can drag out the holidays for as long as possible.
Some tips for making the most of your holidays whether you are going away or not:
Make sure you spend some time each day doing absolutely nothing. Nothing important. Nothing technological. Nothing that HAS to be done.
Spend some time in nature. There are beautiful parks just around the corner or a short drive away. The other day my mom and I spent an hour in a park in our neighbourhood and I’m telling you it was relaxing and uplifting. I noticed the details, colours and smells of trees I usually just drive by.
When you are out and about take special notice of how beautiful the world is that we live in. Notice the trees, the flowers, the beaches, the mountains, the sky, the people, your family. Be present in the moment.
Spend quality time with your partner, children or pets, spend more time with people you love, make special dates like movie night picnic in your garden. Spend time cooking together, going for walks, holding hands and hugging. Spend less on material goods and shopping malls.
Share chores with those in your family, don’t do it all yourself. Find a way to inspire the others to help you. Get the family involved when deciding what fun things to do. Share with people less privileged, take a sandwhich in the car on trips to give to the hungry man or woman begging at the traffic light. Everyone needs a break.
Getting rid of stuff while you have a bit of extra time on your hands is liberating. It opens up the energy in your home which will be a great start to next year.
Do time out
Make sure you do things just for yourself. This is your holiday too. Put a “do not disturb” sign on your door while you read your book for an hour and drink a cup of hot milo or cold iced tea (the weather is so weird it could be either one). Find someone to babysit now and then if you have small kids.
Everyone being home at the same time for a month or more can sometimes get overwhelming. Look at your home mates from a soul level and open your heart with compassion. Let this be a month of peace, understanding and love. That sounds cliched but I’m serious.
On a serious note, stop being so serious. Have some fun and enjoy yourself. Put music on while doing chores, dress up as a prince or princess and prance around the house letting everyone think you are a bit crazy. Laughter spreads and makes us happy (watch this hilarious clip). Be happy. Do funny.
I will be taking a break from writing until the middle of January but will still consult a couple of times a week so don’t be a stranger. Have a wonderful holiday. I’ll miss you.