Halloween season is in full swing, and if you have plans to make this year’s celebration one to remember, there’s LOTS to do before the big day arrives.
Decorate the house, put together the costumes, buy the candy, plan the party… the Halloween to-do list can get long and overwhelming.
We’re especially guilty of getting that pre-Halloween panic.
Have you ever had thoughts like these?
“It’s already the end of September!”
“Halloween will have come and gone, and we haven’t done all the stuff we wanted to do!”
“I need more TIME!!”
If thoughts like these sound familiar, you’re not alone. Life can be fast-paced, overly busy, and even chaotic at times.
So, what’s a Halloween-lover to do when the most wonderful time of the year gets hectic and stressful?
Slow down and savor the moment.
It seems ideally simplistic, but hitting the pause button and enjoying the moment is a life skill worth mastering.
Whether you’re feeling anxiety about work or a big event like Halloween, being mindful of the present is the cure.
How does it work?
When you focus your mind on the present moment, all the other chaotic thoughts running through your head fade away. In the present, you don’t need to worry about anything other than the task in front of you.
No need to stress about that event you have next week or feel burdened by regrets from yesterday. There is only now and the task at hand.
When there’s a lot to get done and you feel out of control, stop and focus all of your mental energy on just the one thing you’re doing now.
Appreciate the state of the atmosphere around you. Find the joy in the task you’re completing. Feel gratitude that you have the opportunity to live this experience.
Acknowledge the gift of the present.
It may sound simple, but it will take some practice. When you begin building any skill, like exercising, it takes practice and commitment to master. Think of it like exercise for the brain. It does get easier in time.
How can it help with pre-Halloween panic?
When you look back with nostalgia at Halloween memories of the past, what made those celebrations special?
It wasn’t running around trying to get everything done in time. It wasn’t completing all those “important” tasks perfectly either.
More likely, it was the time spent with loved ones, the unique qualities of those moments in time, and the feeling of magic that you stopped to notice.
Halloween comes once a year. Slow down, and enjoy it.
How do you cope with pre-Halloween panic?
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