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5 Tips to Help You Stay Present During the Holidays

The holidays are inevitably a busy time. With the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s easy to forget self-care, an attitude of gratitude, and being present in the moment. Time is your most precious commodity, and it should be treated as such. Here are five tips to hurry less and be more present. You – and everyone around you – will feel better about your time together.

  1. Say “No, thank you.” If you can’t say yes to a request or invitation with a gracious heart, then say “No, thank you.” This will keep you from feeling overwhelmed while allowing time and space for an opportunity that brings you joy.
  1. Less is more. The more intentional you are about which family gatherings, open houses, and parties you choose to attend, the more meaningful they are and the more likely you are to savor and appreciate the experience.
  1. Use your words. Rather than letting stress accumulate and result in unhealthy words or actions, name your stressors, break them into smaller, manageable parts. Once you give voice or write out your stress list, priorities become more apparent. 
  1. Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are people in your life who are willing to help and support you when you are feeling overwhelmed. Use this opportunity as a chance to connect with them.
  1. Slow down. Life moves at a hectic pace, especially during the holidays. Try to slow down and make time for a kind word or a smile for each person you encounter. Taking the time to meaningfully connect may be the gift you need and the best gift they receive. You’ll change their day and yours.

Remember, you get to decide how hectic and harried your holiday season will be or rather how gracious and present you want to be. Make decisions that intentionally align with your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being and make your presence a gift to everyone around you. If you need extra help in managing your stress, St. Luke’s Penn Foundation can help.