Don’t forget to check out the first part of our blog where I focused on preparing for the upcoming holiday season mentally and physically.


Reduce Holiday Stress: Emotional Clutter

The holidays can be tough for people. Many people can become depressed. This is also a time when people tend to be stressed and can easily become angry or sad.


Take time to think about your holiday stressors. What emotions come up for you? If you have a lot of anger, maybe you need to create better boundaries to have peace. If you have a lot of sadness, what can you do to ease that? Watch funny movies? Have a support group; have a friend on stand by?


Add to your mental clutter plan. What will you do if a relative makes you angry? What’s your response if you become really sad? If you start to get jealous, what will you do?

By being aware you can change your response. If you fall down, you get right back up. You aren’t going to be able to change this instantly, but if you do it enough, your response will start to be the calm one, not the knee jerk, out of control emotion.


Pick one emotion to focus on this season and create a plan to support you when you are challenged.


Reduce Holiday Stress: Spiritual Clutter

How can you get rid of spiritual clutter this season? Some examples I have seen around the season include complaining about what you didn’t get, or spending time worrying about how much you will get. Maybe you compare your self to someone who you think has a prettier dress or all the men are chatting to.


I am going to suggest clearing your clutter by being in gratitude. Spend the next 100 days by declaring your gratitude. In addition, take the focus away from yourself. Think of others.


Giving Adopt a family. My mother’s real estate business adopts a family from the nearby Jr high each year. The school knows what families are in need and they get a list of ages, sizes, wish lists etc. The thank you notes they receive each year always make me cry. You could contact your local school or church and find people in need.


Volunteer at a non-profit. Many non-profits need not only money but also man-hours. I have started volunteering at our local animal shelter and I love it. What are you passionate about? Find a way to give back during the season and hopefully you will enjoy it so much you want to continue.


Take-Aways from both blogs on holiday preparation to Reduce Holiday Stress:

  • Take the time now to go through all your decorations for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Think if you want to sell, donate or have a garage sale;
  • If you are feeling, sad, angry, stuck, get outside of yourself. Do something for someone else. Volunteer, donate to a cause. When we do something for others, we tend to benefit the most.
  • Set the intention for the holidays—after you have cleared the clutter, don’t forget about what you choose to create. Sprinkle in some joy, fun, love, and laughter when you feel stuck.


What do you need to do to prepare emotionally for the holidays? How about spiritually? What steps do you need to take to be prepared for the holidays spiritually?


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