Stressed santa with his hands on head against glowing christmasAs the holidays roll around, I always find that there is this jumble of excitement and dread in the people I talk to. This year seems a bit heavy on the side of dread, and lost beneath the dread is the inner child of many just begging to come out and play. For some finances are getting them down. For others the pressures at work or within the family have them dreading the end of the year, and for others it is their own uncertainty about what they want in their lives that have them feeling unsettled.

If the holidays have you feeling somewhere between happy and downright terrified, what can you do to embrace your inner child this holiday season?

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The holiday season is officially upon us, and people are already feeling stressed as they attempt to create a perfect holiday. Some are worried about house guests and dinner menus while others are concerned with finding just the right gift. Then there are those who are just downright worn out and don’t know how they are going to fit it all in!

It seems that the desire to live up to the image of the perfectly roasted turkey on the perfectly set table, with perfectly dressed and mannered people all around has driven many of us to the point of dreading the holidays. Yet, in our heart-of hearts we know that the image we strive to live up to is nothing more than a manufactured view of “perfection”. No one can possibly be that perfect!

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The Family of mother and her adorable little daughter outdoors on beholiday season can be the most stress-filled time of year, but it doesn’t have to be!

How do you stop the pressures of work, finances, family, and the feeling of “I have to get this right” from pushing you to the brink of crankiness? Get present to what matters most!

When it comes right down to it, what do you think those you love most want from you this season? Do they want fun time spent with you or the perfect tree? Think about it. In our quest to do everything right, we push away or assume those we most want to get it right for!

So, as you make your way toward the end of the year, don’t forget to take time for what really matters… you and those you love!

Just a thought.

Clay S. Nelson

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