My TOP “Holiday Hacks” to help keep you more GROUNDED during the holiday season…

I’ve learned to love Christmas❤️and the Winter Holidays.

But.. I Use to really hate it…especially during the years I was questioning all things religious and spiritual. ⁣

𝘠𝘦𝘴 𝘺𝘦𝘴 𝘺𝘦𝘴 you know I’m all about optimism and abundance. ⁣

I’m also about illuminating the darkness that we often tend to avoid because it’s painful and makes us uncomfortable.⁣

Though…this is how and why we grow. ⁣

The more we can become aware of darkness, acknowledge the triggers and trauma of the holidays, the deeper we heal and integrate. ⁣

𝐄𝐱𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝, 𝐚𝐥𝐜𝐨𝐡𝐨𝐥, 𝐬𝐮𝐠𝐚𝐫, 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞, 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮, 𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐨𝐟 𝐩𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐬, 𝐠𝐢𝐟𝐭𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝𝐧’𝐭 𝐚𝐬𝐤 𝐟𝐨𝐫, 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬, 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐮𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐦… ⁣

Anything and everything can bring about so much 𝘫𝘰𝘺 and at the same time so much 𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨. ⁣

SO here’s my top “𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐇𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐬” I’ve discovered to keep me grounded during the holidays and something I hope lands and resonates with you:⁣

𝟏. 𝐅𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐫. When you notice that feeling emerge, where do you notice it in your body? Breath into that and acknowledge the emotion rather than suppress it. ⁣

𝟐. 𝐑𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞. You may not know the full story of those around you…just like they might not know your past experiences either - give each other 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘦.⁣

𝟑. 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐲. Part of reducing the charge of triggers is to stay in a place of curiosity and discovery. This doesn’t mean you have to agree. ⁣

𝟒. 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐫𝐲. The holidays will pass. Consider how much energy you want to feed into drama or not. ⁣

𝟓. 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬. Structure ways to fill your cup during this time (𝐇𝐈𝐍𝐓 - they don’t have to involve religion or food if it’s triggering) - check my IG stories for my new Christmas tradition. ⁣

𝟔. 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬. Let your friends and family know how they can support you. Practicing clear communication is 𝘬𝘦𝘺 in creating both boundaries AND a loving atmosphere.

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