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How to Thrive During the Holidays

How to Thrive During the Holidays | Written By: Melissa D. Cope

We all know the Holidays can be busy and stressful.  But with a few tweaks of your mindset and by making conscious choices, you can reclaim the joy of the season.

1. Schedule YOUR Priorities! And don’t schedule things that are not a priority.  Decide NOW what is important and politely decline other offers.  You will be happier if you follow your own path, rather than let others dictate one for you.

2. Tune into your thinking. If you are doing something because you “should” or “have to” take a step back and evaluate.  We all have family (or friend) obligations, but family doesn’t have to be an obligation.  Choose NOT to go.  And own the consequences.  If that is not an option, then take responsibility for why you are CHOOSING to go.  To avoid the backlash is a valid reason.  Own it.  To make your spouse happy.  Own it.  Because that friend supports you all the time.  Own it.  Show up and be open to having a good time.  Show up with a positive attitude.  Show up and engage with people.  You will be surprised at how different the experience can be when you take personal responsibility for your choice, rather than dwell on the “shoulds” and “have to’s.”

3. Get comfortable with saying “No.” If someone asks why, calmly respond “I have other commitments.”  This is a simple and true response.  It is your life.  You get to decide what you do with your time.  This one may take some practice.  So do it often!

Here’s to a joyful and stress-free holiday season.  May you thrive, not just survive!

Let me and other Fems know how this is working for you by leaving a comment below.

For more tips on how to overcome fear, worry and overwhelm during the Holidays, download your FREE PDF at: www.melissadcope.com

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    Marge Dorsa / 10 November 2016 6:19

    Love this perspective – take responsibility for your choice, rather than dwell on the “shoulds” and “have to’s.”

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