I invite you to hit the pause button and for just a moment take a deep breath. Slow down just for a few minutes, relax your shoulders, relax your jaw, take another deep breath. Center yourself just for a moment and breathe deeply. Roll your shoulders forward a few times and backward a few times. It's all good, you've got this, you have totally got this! Inhale in the smells of the holidays and exhale out the busyness.
Maybe you want everything to be picture perfect, please know that it doesn't have to be. If you are feeling really stressed, what can you let go...besides your sleep? Can you skip one batch of cookies? Can you pass on scrubbing the kitchen floor? You know they will all be walking all over it and it'll just get dirty again right? Think about it, what can you let go to make life a little easier, so you can enjoy more and stress less?
Remember to enjoy, to savor the holiday times together. Remember to reflect upon the real reason for the season. Remember to look at it through the lens of a child. Look at your family and friends, the manger with baby Jesus, the lights and the presents, the food and the treats all with child-like wonder, child-like awe, child-like curiosity, excitement and the belief in miracles.
Hit the pause button and take a moment to be grateful. Express your gratitude for all of the many blessings in your life. What do you have right now in this moment to be grateful for? Let that be your focus, center on that.
As you are busying through the next few days, I invite you to take several moments to hit the pause button and take a deep breath. Center yourself and soak in the moment. Be present and for the moment remember and soak in what you are doing, what you are creating, what you are enjoying, what you are grateful for. Stop, look and listen to all of the lights, the beauty, the sounds all around you. Savor the moment, just for a few minutes at least and breathe deeply. Inhale in the smells of the holidays and exhale out the busyness. You've totally got this!
Wishing you and your family a very merry and joyous Christmas!