1. Remove the word ‘guilt’ from your vocabulary. Guilt is a useless emotion. Unless you’ve committed a “specified implied offense or crime” there is absolutely no reason for you to ever use this word again.
2. Let go of perfection. It’s a ridiculous goal that causes stress. Perfection does not exist. You’re human-perfectly imperfect.
3. Say yes less. Women have a pre-conditioned tendency to say yes. This can cause us to feel even more stress. Tune in to my podcast and learn how to start feeling really good about saying no.
4. Order the take out. Avoid holiday martyrdom. Look for every day ways to simplify your life and give you more time for rest, joy, and fun.
5. Drop traditions that stress you out. Decide what brings you joy. Create your own traditions from there.
6. Resist the urge to keep up with The Joneses. Enough said.
7. Keep joys off the task list. Something that brings you joy should never feel like an item on your to do list. Swap the words “I have to…” and with the words, “I get to…” to strengthen your joy mindset.
8. Appreciate your awesomeness. Confidence is beautiful. And let’s face it. Who couldn’t use a little more of it this time of year? Reserve a cozy, mindful night of self love to make a list of what you appreciate most about yourself.
9. Rest and sleep. The latest neuroscience shows we need 8 hours and 15 minutes of sleep every night.
10. Delegate. Let go of your She Beast named Ego who tells you, “No one can do this like you can.” See point 2, then delegate to lighten your load and make more room for joy, and peace.
What do you want to experience this year? What do you want the people you love and care for to experience with you? I explored these questions and more mindful holiday fun during a recent conversation with my friend, Rebecca Fernandez.