As you grow older, the holiday season takes on a sense of urgency. Being no longer a child whose main concern is crafting a letter to Santa Claus, you may find your own list is probably comprised of an overwhelming concoction of shopping, cooking and baking, wrapping, decorating, card-writing, recital attending details...all to be completed while still maintaining a regular schedule of work, home and family care and/or school!

Add to the mix the prospect of getting together with relatives who might present uncomfortable personalities or behavior and it’s no wonder a lot of people sincerely dread the holidays. You may even have learned from your own parents how to become exceptionally stressed during this time of year; that there is no standard except for perfection or that the whole season is a waste of time and money. Our adult perceptions are often forged early in our life and can affect us unconsciously for decades.

Some of the ways our stress gets super-charged during the holiday season include:

·        financial worries; extra expenses strain the budget

·        improper nutrition; excess alcohol and sweets consumption

·        anxiety over impending get togethers and events

·        striving to get everything done in time

What if you were to step away from the habits of yesteryear, or even, last year? Take a moment and review your list of things you need or want to accomplish in the coming weeks. If you have not already done so, jot them down on a piece of paper and review them.

Are there some things you are willing to let go? Do you absolutely have to do everything on your list? Be honest with yourself about how vital it is to shampoo the carpet or shop for a gift for someone you hardly even know. Take a deep breath and let yourself feel good about crossing some of those unnecessary, stress-promoting items off of your list! Notice that your mind just gained a little extra space, some room to deal with the things that you not only need to do, but the things that you want to do.

Now, spend a few more minutes and on a fresh piece of paper, make your own wish list. Write down wishes you have that are related only to your personal needs. Be selfish, your subconscious mind is like a bright nine year old and it loves to be indulged in this way. Perhaps you might wish for a massage, a weekend getaway, some new running shoes or maybe you would be happy to receive a smile from a loved one...there are no rules or restrictions. You are only limited by your imagination, which is limitless!

In his book “The Alladin Factor”, Jack Canfield talks about the idea of finding a genie in a magic lamp who grants you three wishes. He then expands this wonderful proposal to not just three, but a hundred wishes! You can make your wish list as long as you wish; go crazy and think, dream if you like, of all of the things you would love to receive, create, experience and enjoy in your life.

Write these down and then stow your list away in a safe place. The act of hand writing such desires creates a profound process within your subconscious mind, directing it toward actualization and recognition of your desires. Take your list out periodically and check off the wishes you have received; you will find it quite amazing!

A qualified certified hypnotist can help you identify and manifest your wishes in wonderful ways.