Last year I shared a few gifts (just for you) and wanted to expand with these slow living holiday gifts. Unwrap these gifts immediately so you can move through the rest of the holiday season on your terms. Use them for more joy and peace. Imagine feeling more rested and relaxed at the end of the year, maybe for the first time.
And … even though these slow living holiday gifts are just for you, they are a gift to everyone around you too.
5 Slow Living Holiday Gifts (just for you)
1. The Slow Holiday Not-To-Do List
In order to do what you want to do this holiday season, you have to be clear about what you do not want to do. We simply don’t have the time and energy to do it all. Create a Not-To-Do List and let go of some things to make room for others. I stopped sending holiday cards years ago even though it was a nice tradition. Going to the post office at the last minute is also on my Holiday Not-To-Do List.
For more inspiration to create your Not-To-Do List, get more comfortable saying no. See my everyday Not-To-Do List here and be inspired to do less. Like the others, this slow holiday gift can be used throughout the year.
2. The Slow Holiday Pause
This is one of the most underutilized gifts of all. With this slow holiday gift, you have permission to pause …
- before you respond to someone.
- when you are overwhelmed.
- before you add to cart.
- when you need a little peace.
Here’s how to use The Slow Holiday Pause. Anytime you want, you can pause by taking a few deep breaths. You can pause by listening to your favorite song. You can pause by writing down all of the thoughts that are standing in the way of clarity. You can simply say to yourself and others, “I am going to take a moment.” Sometimes, in the hurry of the holiday season, you may feel like you need to rush in to the next thing or the next decision. That moment, when you feel the momentum swooping you up, notice your feet connected to the ground and pause.
3. The Slow Holiday Now
If your holiday season tends to be a bit of a blur, this slow holiday gift of Now will change everything. Being intentionally present allows you to show up and take in what’s going on around you. As we begin the last month of the year, the natural pull is to speed up, to get ready for the holidays, finish all of the things we wanted to accomplish this year, meet goals and on and on it goes. We want to look forward planning for the new year. We want to look back and see how far we’ve come this year. In all of that looking forward and looking back, we forget to be here now.
4. The Slow Holiday Shift
I love this slow holiday gift especially for those of us who stick to the plan even when it’s clear that it’s time for a new direction. The Slow Holiday Shift invites to change your mind, change your plans and shift when it’s time to shift. For example, if you RSVP’d to a holiday event but are exhausted the day of the event, shift. Instead of pushing through consider how you can shift things to honor your energy. Perhaps you could drop by with flowers and wish the host well before heading home for an early, restful evening.
5. The Slow Holiday Glow
This slow holiday gift will make you smile. Get the Glow by allowing yourself to get carried away by the magic of the holiday season. I get the Slow Holiday Glow from reading by my Christmas Tree in the morning before the sun comes up, from walking in my neighborhood enjoying my neighbors lights and from baking with my daughter. Sometimes we miss the Slow Holiday Glow because we are trying to do and control too many things. If you want to feel light, you have to let go.
As you may have figured out, these gifts aren’t just for the holidays. You can use them anytime of year to take care of yourself, to feel better and to show up for your life. You don’t have to do them all at once. Pick the one you need most right now and carry it into your day. See if you can create more time and space for yourself, more peace and joy too.