I thought with how crazy this time of year can be I would create an article to help everyone stay sane. Then I thought I would invite a few friends and those I’m personally fans of to join in. Boy, was I ever humbled by the generosity that was offered. I am also deeply grateful for the sage words of wisdom offered by these Life Coaches and Spiritual Leaders. My hope is that they help you keep the holiday spirit alive in a stress free, joyous way!
Please feel free to share your favorite tips and suggestions with your friends and family. Also, click on each name and see what else they have to offer in helping you live a happy, healthy life!
Lama Marut, Teacher, Educator, Buddhist Monk and author of A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to a Good Life shares:
“Like the Sting song says, ‘If you love somebody, set them free.’ Real love isn’t about ownership any more than it is about what the other person can or should do for you. It’s about what you can do for them. If you really love someone, you want them to be happy. Real love isn’t about you and what you can get out of the deal. It’s about the other and the happiness you wish for them.” Renegade’s Guide, p. 143
“E N J O Y it! If you’re not doing whatever you’re doing with joy – don’t do it!”
Heather Holmes Floyd, MSW, CPCC shares:
“Take time, with yourself, well BEFORE the holidays to visualize how you want to show up (eat, be, feel, dress, etc). Pick a perspective that represents this general sense. Write it down or create a structure to remind yourself. Being thoughtful and conscious about it ahead of time (and during) really helps. Set some goals and check in with yourself every few days (or hours) depending upon your needs. Here’s to creating from what’s possible! Happy Holidays!”
“Remember during the holidays the best things in life are not things.”
Patricia Edwards, Founder at www.CareerWisdomCoach.com shares:
“I recommend remaining in a Thankful spirit, even after all Thanksgiving turkey is eaten. Gratitude centers us and helps us to remain focused on what and who is important in our lives.
Since I am a Career Coach, I’d also recommend to job seekers that they do not take a break during the holidays. To the contrary, continue to apply for jobs, network at holiday functions and volunteer for your favorite cause. Volunteering results in us feeling grateful for what we have while we make the world a better place.
Happy Holidays, everyone.”
Gaye Kuelsen, Life Coach shares:
“During the holiday season, it is ok to say No occasionally. Try not to be everything to everyone. Delegation is great and can greatly reduce stress as well as building great family togetherness. Hope you all find your Daily Bliss filled with happiness, health and harmony.”
Reverend Lynn Herod-DeVerges, Spiritual Mentor shares:
“You are a Miracle Worker! That’s right a Miracle Worker! Through your thoughts, belief systems, emotional feelings and desires you create miracles, all the time. Whatever you desire is yours. You were made in the image of Divine Source [God] and that divine creative aspect in you, coupled with Universal Laws are what bring about miracles.
Miracles do come from God, for it is God who made you and He who provides the laws of manifestation and materialization. When you become conscious of how to utilize the Universal Laws and Principles that exist, you will begin to see miracles and live a miraculous life daily!
The first step to doing this is to connect with your heart’s desire. You may not know your passion but I’m sure you know what you’d like to have or do or see or experience. Begin there, by becoming as clear about what you desire as possible. Imagine It, experience It and “KNOW” It is yours. This is, in itself, more than 50% of the formula for miracles showing up in your life. Reverend Lynn Herod-DeVerges.
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Peter Shepherd, Transformational Psychologist and author of Transforming the Mind and Daring to be Yourself
“I believe you can have a much better life if you are true to your core self – therefore guided by love and intuitive inner knowing.”
Ava Barron-Shasho, MSW, Life Coach shares:
“During the holidays we need to be more forgiving of ourselves! We have more pressures and obligations so be mindful of your time, mood and your self-talk. Rather than criticize yourself for not getting something done, focus on what you did accomplish!
As a Life Coach I remind people “just keep moving forward.” Happy Holidays!”
Sandra Dawes, Life Coach shares:
“It can be a challenge to live in the present moment during the holidays with so much going on; however it is during this hectic time of year that it is most important to do so! The holiday season is usually one of the rare times when family members from near and far get together to spend time with one another. I encourage you to take time to enjoy your full house (or being a guest in someone else’s home) and simply take it all in. Be grateful for the opportunity to reconnect with relatives who live far away and spend quality time with those that you see on a regular basis as well. Most importantly, as we end 2012 and look towards 2013, take some time as a family to celebrate each other’s accomplishments for the current year and consider what everyone is going to do to make the new year even better than the last!”
Kathie Thaw, R.N., M.A shares:
“Set the intention and imagine how you want the holidays to go for you (using positive language). Put it on a sticky note or write it in your journal.”
Donna Johnson, Life Coach at Renovate shares:
“Holiday stress can take a toll on us physically and emotionally! Don’t lose sight of the fact that life should feel like a never ending vacation. Can you imagine enjoying life the way you enjoy your vacations? Emphasis should be on playing your way through life. You’ve heard it said, and it’s true, no one on their death bed ever wished they had worked more. As you can imagine, most wished they had played more.
The best part about falling in love with your life is that you begin to see it through child’s eyes again, where everything is new and possible. You know what I mean! Think about looking at your life with child-like wonder. Children always have a curious nature and can see and understand things intuitively. Then as they grow older we adults squash their intuitive nature, domesticate them, and tell them to stop acting like children. Well, I’m here to tell you that child-like wonder is a fantastic quality to nurture, encourage, and incorporate into your life. When you look at life through the eyes of a child you see things that aren’t filtered by the adult biases we have learned from society and our culture. During this holiday season, enjoy the magic! Believe in Christmas! And, play your way through the season!”
STEPHANIE RAINBOW BELL, Author, Mentor/Coach Shares:
“My best tip to manage stress through the holidays is this: Stay In Alignment With Your Highest Self!
What does that mean?
Your Highest Self always knows what’s best for you. Some people call it your Intuitive Knowing. Some people call it Your Greatness. Some people call it Divine Guidance. No matter what name you use, the bottom line is to pause often throughout your day and ask yourself . . . “what’s my next step” or “is this the best thing for me to do right now” or “what is the best thing for me to do in this situation.”
Too often during stressful times like the holiday season we allow the media or community culture to influence our decisions. We assume we’ll be “bad” if we don’t go along with the custom or practices of our family, our community or the media. Remember first that no-thing and no-one can “make” you feel bad. Only you make yourself feel bad – and that only happens when you go against what you know is best for you.
If money is tight, give a nice handwritten note of gratitude to someone you care about instead of going into debt for gifts. If you want to indulge in the extra sweets and goodies at this time of year – GO FOR IT and just stay mindful of when you’ve REALLY had enough! If you don’t want to go to a party or family gathering . . . don’t GO! Or change your attitude about going so that you WANT to go (for a shorter time perhaps?) to share the joy of the season.
The most important thing is to honor yourself. When you continually seek to align with what is best FOR YOU, your world will always be filled with peace and joy, no matter the season!
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Tracy Morrow, Life Coach shares:
Like I said before, Wow! These are some amazing suggestions that I think everyone can apply to make their holidays happier, healthier and more meaningful. I hope you enjoy these holiday messages from top Life Coaches and Spiritual Leaders as much as I did putting them together. My suggestion is this:
“Breathe, relax and savor every moment. They will never come your way again.”