With the holiday season upon us, it's easy to get caught up in a rush to make everything perfect - the perfect gifts, the perfect decorations, the perfect meal. But the truth is, no holiday season will ever be perfect. There will always be unexpected challenges and mishaps, and that's okay. Embracing imperfection can be vital to finding joy and peace during the holidays.
Here are some ways to let go of perfectionism during the holidays:
One way to let go of perfectionism during the holidays is to focus on what matters. Instead of stressing out about the perfect gift or tree, consider what brings you joy and fulfillment during the holiday season. It could be spending time with loved ones, volunteering to help those in need, or taking a few moments to pause and reflect on the season's true meaning.
Another way to embrace imperfection is to let go of the need to control every aspect of the holiday season. Things will inevitably go wrong - the turkey might burn, the lights might not work, or a planned outing might get canceled due to bad weather. When these things happen, try to let go of the need to control the situation and instead focus on finding ways to adapt and make the best of it.
It's also important to remember that perfectionism can be exhausting and ultimately unfulfilling. Instead of striving for perfection, try to find joy in the present moment and embrace the quirks and imperfections that make the holiday season unique.
So this holiday season, let go of the need for perfection and embrace the imperfections that make the season special. The imperfect moments can end up being the most memorable and meaningful.
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Maria G Maas, MS, is a natural-born psychic, professional educator, radio host, author, wife, and cat mama who loves working with angels and sharing the wisdom that they have to guide, support, protect, and heal people, animals, and our beloved planet.