Flower power for the holidays – part 1
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Or is it?
If you’re anything like me, your holiday season is a combination of wonder, joy, magic, love, stress, nostalgia, overwhelm, guilt, and pressure. (And maybe some depression, as I touched on last week.)
If that rings some jingle bells for you, read on.
There are millions of articles, books and blog posts available full of advice on how to choose a simpler, less hectic holiday season. After all, it is our choice. We can buy into the societal pressure to buy, have and do more, or we can make mindful choices and have a different kind of season.
But what happens when, no matter what kind of holiday we choose, our emotions get out of hand and begin to control us before we have time to control them? It’s impossible to be present and make wise decisions when our emotions are running the show.
What are we to do then?
Take some Bach flower essences, of course!
We know that the best holidays are not about gifts and a sparkles. They’re about love and gratitude. However, in our bigger, faster, better society, it’s easy to lose sight of what matters most and instead focus on what we lack or what we think we have do to make the holidays perfect. It’s at these times that it can be useful to have a little flower power to help you put things back into perspective and realize that truly, all you need is love.
To aid in the sometimes overwhelming endeavor of choosing which Bach flower essences might be beneficial for you, over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing my top choices to help you tune out the madness and tap into what matters most.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some flowers that will take you from Grinch to grateful in no time, when feelings of overwhelm threaten to sabotage your entire holiday season.
To do list got ya down?
Buy the gifts. Wrap the gifts. Decorate the house. Host a party. Write cards. Mail cards. On and on it goes.
The holiday to-do list is a never ending one. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. When you feel as if you’re buried under your “shoulds” and you just want to run away from it all, take a breath, make some tea and add a few drops of Elm. When there’s too much to do and you feel as if you’ll never get it done, Elm is your best friend.
Unfortunately, Elm cannot wrap the gifts or attend the holiday concert for you, but it can help you to get a handle on your emotions and assist you in seeing your endless list from an empowered perspective.
Can’t say no?
I would argue that during the holiday season, more than any other time of year, we are all being pulled in a million different directions. However, too many commitments and not enough time to handle them can very quickly lead to overwhelm and depression. A surefire way to avoid a one way ticket to burnout is to just say no.
Easier said than done though, right?
Even people with the strongest boundaries can find themselves having difficulty turning down other people’s requests for time and energy at this time of year.
Thankfully, the Bach flower essence Centaury can help. Primarily for those who identify with being people pleasers, Centaury can support anyone who has trouble setting boundaries or standing up for their own needs. It will help you to discern when and why to say yes and strengthen your ability to say no.
Choices, choices, choices…
Whether it’s trying to find the perfect gift for your husband, or figuring out the best menu for vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike, the holiday season comes with lots of decisions to make. For some, this is no big deal. For others, a few little decisions can easily pile up and become overwhelming, leading to – you guessed it – depression or even illness.
When you find yourself stuck in the decision making process, with seemingly nowhere to turn, look to the decision making dynamic duo of Scleranthus and Cerato.
Take Scleranthus when you’re having trouble deciding between two things and can see the benefit in each. It will help you focus, concentrate and get in touch with your inner self so you can hone in on the best choice.
Take Cerato when you think you’ve made a decision, but don’t trust yourself and keep asking the opinion of everyone you meet. This flower will help you quickly form your own opinion and strengthen your ability to accept and trust it.
So, there you have it. Four flowers to ease overwhelm brought on by holiday stress. Meet me back her next week for a few more holiday helpers.
If you’ve got clarity on which flowers you want, but are confused about how to take them, hop on over to my mini primer on taking Bach flower essences to learn some quick, do it yourself methods for getting your flower power groove on.