Busy, busy, busy; that’s the tune of the Christmas season, and we wear it like a badge of honor. If we’re overbooked, we must be gearing up for a great Christmas, right? More likely, you’re gearing up for a lot of stress and ultimately, burnout before the dawn of 2016.
All at once, it feels like life is spinning out of control. When did Christmas turn into this mess of stress and worry and constant motion?
The Importance of Prioritizing
We all have priorities at Christmas. Maybe they’re even good, important priorities, like spending time with family, or preparing to travel out of state. But we often neglect one important factor when making priorities: our soul’s need to breathe.
When you say “yes” to everything, you burn yourself out. You find yourself drained, empty, sucking air into your burning lungs; trying to find the energy for just one more thing.
During the holidays, we feel obligated to say “yes”, and guilty if we say “no”. But creating room for breath needs to be a higher priority on your list this Christmas.
Why You Need Margin
Margin in life, like in a book, is whitespace, created to allow room to relax: when a page is crowded with text, the reader feels overwhelmed. You need margin in your life for five reasons:
#1: It gives you room to relax
Whether you feel the pangs yet or not, margin is something your soul hungers for deeply. Christmas is, for many, the most stressful time of the year. Never is relaxation more craved—and more neglected.
We spend so much time on planning to relax that we never get to cut the pace. It’s time to breathe. To slow. Embrace imperfection and unwind.
#2: It allows you to find joy
Joy is often found hiding in the smallest, most unexpected places: the glow of a candle reflecting off glass Christmas ornaments, or a fox running through the snow at night; moonlight pooling in silver on the carpet, or the scent of pine from the tree.
It’s simple really, joy. But when we’re caught in the hustle and bustle, it sometimes becomes difficult to see. Give yourself room to find it.
#3: It allows you to be fully present with family and friends
Many of us are distracted during the holidays. Even when we’re spending time with loved ones, our attention is on something else; is the dinner going to be good? Are classes taken care of next semester? Is my family going to get along? Will I have time to finish everything I have to do before the New Year?
Christmas is a time to make others a priority—and that means being present when you’re with them. Not distracted, not focusing on other things. When your soul has room to breathe, you’re able to focus on what’s important.
#4: It gives you the capacity to truly connect
Authentic connection is important. Don’t let things like Facebook, Twitter, and texting become a replacement for face-to-face interaction, simply because it’s easier to manage while keeping up with all your other holiday plans.
Slow down. Make room for your soul to breathe and give yourself the capacity to have intentional, meaningful interactions this Christmas.
#5: It gives you room to reflect and begin to plan for the New Year
This is the time of year when reflection happens most. Are you happy with 2015? What do you plan to do differently, or how do you hope to change in 2016?
When you are purposeful about creating margin in your life, you give yourself room to truly reflect and ponder your goals. Giving your soul room to breathe is the first step in gearing up to have your best Christmas—and best year ever.
Beat Busy This Christmas
Maybe all that soul-breathing stuff sounds great, but where can you start? Where does one even begin to create the kind of margin that will allow for brighter, more joy-filled holidays?
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You can download a copy of Beating Busy for free by subscribing to my email list, and start creating room for your soul to breathe in 2016.
- What are some ways you go about creating margin in your life?
- How has carving out space to breathe made your holiday season brighter?
- What do you struggle with most when it comes to prioritizing your time?