Holiday Celebrations: Finding Your Comfort Zone

Holiday CelebrationsHoliday celebrations offer wonderful opportunities to gather gratefully and connect with family and friends.

They can also be times of major stress.  So, as we plan for 2013’s holiday celebrations, time management tips couldn’t be more important.

How would you like to transform the stressful parts of holiday get-togethers into truly celebratory occasions for yourself?

Well, the good news is that you can do it … right now … just in time for the start of the holiday season … by creating a holiday plan that’s geared to your comfort zone.

In the same way that each of us is unique – our comfort zones are also unique.  What works for me may no work for you.  So, the first thing you’ll need to do is get familiar with your own comfort zone.

No worries – I’ll walk you through it, step-by-step, below. Basically, you’ll want to look back at other holidays and highlight the things that either added to or detracted from the festivities for you. Then, with that information in hand, you’ll relax, breathe deeply, and look ahead. This is your chance to fashion what will be an optimal holiday experience for you!

So let’s start by exploring the details, using the following 7 Timely Tips. In the end, you’ll be able to work from your comfort zone and make these upcoming holiday celebrations into times to truly treasure.

Holiday Celebrations and Your Comfort Zone

The key is to focus on things that are within your control. Your power lies in your ability to meet your own needs. When your comfort zone is your base of operations, you are able to savor your moments and to stretch without straining. From your comfort zone, you can thoroughly enjoy those around you. Not only that, but working from your comfort zone you find that you much more easily engage in creative problem solving on the spot. That’s a priceless skill to have in the midst of the holiday bustle!

7 Timely Tips for Getting to Your Holiday Comfort Zone

  1. Relax and think back. Call up memories of a past celebration. How did you feel as it approached? What did you like most? Least? How did your feelings evolve over time?
  2. Describe your comfort zone. What makes a situation work well for you? Be as specific, concrete and detailed as you can. This will give you an overview of your comfort zone that may surprise you!
  3. Spot the stressors. What situations have pushed you out of your comfort zone. Where were you? What happened? When and how did you feel out of control of the situation? How was this situation part of a larger pattern of events? What was at stake?
  4. Conduct an energy check. What responses to specific situations energized you? Which choices depleted you? What choices moved you closer to your comfort zone and what moved you away?
  5. Chart out future challenges. Jot down a phrase or two about challenges you are likely to encounter. What encouragement and suggestions could you offer yourself in this situation?
  6. Scan the big picture. You’ve given yourself an overview of two sets of circumstances: those that are outside of your control and those within it. What insights have come to you? Are there any patterns that you notice? What are you learning about how your choices contribute to your feelings about the holidays?
  7. Locate your oasis. Now close your eyes, take a deep breath, and envision your holiday comfort zone. Notice where you are. Who is with you? What are you doing?

It’s entirely within your power to make time choices that maximize the time you spend in your comfort zone. And when you make “contentment without resentment” your mantra for holiday planning, you bring more flexibility and openness to demanding situations.

So what will be your first step to creating holiday celebrations within your comfort zone?

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