How Do You Stay Sane During the Holidays? Part 3 | Mastering Alchemy

How Do You Stay Sane During the Holidays? Part 3

How Do You Stay Sane During the Holidays? Part 3

Below are more tricks Mastering Alchemy participants have shared that get them through this season with grace and ease. Post your own secret to staying sane and certain during the holidays. We'd love to hear what works for you. 

39- I stay sane by letting others be who they are. What I mean by that is I just listen or watch them in their holiday patterns without trying to change them or show them a better way. This way I stay out of becoming engaged in the craziness that is easy to get caught up in. ~ Lloyd  A., Scotland
40- My secret is to feed people my pumpkin cheesecake with fresh cranberry sauce so that they feel loved, sensuous, and focused in the now. The experience is that captivating.  Holiday depression fades into non-existence. ~ Ron R., Washington DC
41- The sweet, savory smell of evergreen. That first whiff is Holiday Happiness to me! ~ C. Schutt, California 
42- I refocus on my mother’s tremendous energy and generosity, instead of her freakish need to have the cleanest house in existence. ~ Deborah H., Mississippi
43- I’ve eliminated the “have to” from my holidays. So I do not have to buy gifts, or do anything I really do not want to do. This has helped me to focus more on people interactions rather than doing. ~ Lucy A., France
44- I repeat “Thy Will be Done Through Me.” ~ Sara R., OK City, OK
45- To stay sane I purchase lots of salad making stuff so I can eat healthy. ~ Helen M., Tennessee  
46- Every year I do less - fewer gifts, fewer cards, less decorating, less food, less spending. And every year I enjoy myself more. How long can this delightful trend continue?  I’ll let you know... ~ Sandy S., Ohio
47- My stress is usually relieved by large amounts of chocolate. ~ Linda B., Washington
48- I listen to Yo Yo Ma to balance out the hours of holiday music. ~ C. N., China 
49- Especially during the holidays, I like to change my prayers to “Thank you, thank you, thank you” ~ Carol C., On the road.
50- I like to have only one holiday party with a FEW CLOSE friends. ~ Fredrica D., Italy 
51- If I begin to feel stressed out, I just back off. If everything doesn’t get done before Christmas—oh well, there is always after Christmas. If I don’t have time for a holiday party before the holidays I have a “holiday” party after Christmas or New Years.    ~ L. L., Mexico City 
52- The cooking channels encourage cooking with good wine so you can enjoy a glass while preparing a meal, which can be very calming! ~ Pam, New York City
53- I rent a ton of movies. ~ Ned, Colorado 
54- I  have found that I can remain or reclaim my sanity by stepping out of the room, pivoting my thoughts to a happier one (cuddling with my cat) then returning in a much better space. ~ Francine H., Minnesota
55- When I feel my attitude starting to change, I remind myself to breathe. Then I move on to the tools I learned from you and ground myself by running my energy and releasing/recycling my negative feelings/energy. ~ Jennifer S., Nevada
56- I avoid toxic people and emotions, if I have to be around difficult people and their holiday poison I always plan to go for a walk after and get some fresh air! ~ John P., Phoenix AZ  
57- A good secret if you’re stuck behind a really slow driver during the holidays: instead of focusing your energy on what a idiot this driver is, pretend it is your grandfather or mother and aren't you glad they are driving too slow and not too fast. ~ WhiteWaterHappy
58- I always remember to phone a friend if I am having trouble breaking out of a rut, we all need a helping hand sometimes and my friends remind of what I have. ~ Joy G., Montana
59- Setting my intention works! Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo! ~ Maria A. Colombia 
60- I use music to stay sane. Traditional carols or Handle's Messiah-surely a channeled piece. I also play the piano-it really keeps me focused. ~ Lynne B., Dubai
61- To remain grounded and in my happy place I meditate. ~ Cheryl C., Arkansas
62- A wonderful foot bath massage with essential oils can certainly illuminate an afternoon. ~ B. Porter, South Dakota
63- “Don’t take it personally”.  I know that anything that pushes my buttons is simply a gift and opportunity to learn, heal and grow. While I allow the momentary hurt feelings to be experienced, at the same time I look for the picture behind that. I use my tools. ~ Jeanene H., Georgia
64- When I begin to feel the stress of the holidays (or anytime) coming on, I intentionally move my body very slowly, as if I am walking through thick pudding. This keeps me in present time and more masterful of my actions and words. Very important, especially when the relatives are over for dinner. ~ Heidi G., West Virginia