A few people mentioned to me they were having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit this year. Are you? I suspect it may be because of a heightened focus on money and what you’re spending it on. You might feel like you shouldn’t spend money or have to cut back, even if you have plenty of money.
Here’s a few things you can do to get yourself into the mood and turn your thinking from grinch-like to giver…
1. Make a list of 10 things you’re grateful for, no matter how small. It might be for a cup of hot cocoa or a home baked cookie. Focus on the things you have, appreciate, or love to do.
2. Give yourself some belief change statements to focus on. Your brain might be on the channel, “what I can’t do”, instead of what you can. How about a few like:
– I am beautiful and happy just as I am.
– I have everything I need to live a joyful life.
– This is the best holiday season ever.
– I am filled with happiness and gratitude for all my blessings.
Watch how changing your thinking can actually make them come true.
3. Do something for yourself. We often do everything for others, even when they don’t appreciate it. Do something YOU will appreciate, whether it’s getting a holiday latte’, a chocolate dipped strawberry, or a 10 minute neck massage, give yourself a little treat. You deserve it!
4. Do something unexpected for someone else – a random act of kindness. Carry someones packages to their car, pay for a stranger’s latte’, help someone find something in a store or reach a top shelf. Go out of your way to do one thing on purpose for a stranger.
5. Buy yourself a little gift for Christmas or Hanukkah. You buy gifts for everyone else, this one is just for you. If you don’t have much money, it can be small an symbolic of a future intention, like a child’s plastic diamond ring. Go to Tiffany’s and spend $75 on a business card holder or scarf. Buy a box of Godiva chocolates. Indulge yourself in a little way you normally wouldn’t do.
Now, doesn’t that feel better? If you still aren’t in the spirit, put on some holiday music and sing along.
Remember, just like putting on an oxygen mask first, you need to take care of yourself. This is the perfect time of year to make the gesture and start fresh.
Have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones. You’re surrounded in bright light, so keep smiling!