The holidays can be a special time or a dreadful, stressful time. Over the years I have
learned some things from experience and from clients over the past 30 years that
work for me . Maybe they will for you. I do get tired of hearing “how to survive the
holidays” , like you should grit your teeth and get by! Not good enough! We deserve
Do What You Enjoy
What are the traditions that you
especially enjoy? See if you can come up with a
of three things that you look forward to doing during the holiday season. Imagine
what the holidays might feel like if you did only those things that are really important
to you, and you just threw the others “out the window.” It might be really liberating!
Who said you have to hang lights ,shop til you
drop or decorate a Christmas tree?
Try Something New
What is one thing you’ve always wanted to do at the holidays, but you’ve never done?
Maybe you’ve always wanted to sing in a choir, or make stockings for the kids. Maybe
there was a time when you dreamed of painting ceramic ornaments for the tree or
participating in a live nativity. Letting yourself experience something you’ve always
wanted to do can be a small, yet powerful, way of validating your own identity and
celebrating your unique self during the holiday season.
Give to Others
One of the very best ways to move beyond your own loneliness or disatisfaction at
the holidays is to give your time and resources to someone else . Help Toys for Tots
sort and deliver children’s gifts. There are many ways to volunteer.
Connect with your faith
For many people, the winter holidays present an opportunity to return to or seek out
their true faith. If this is something you wish to incorporate in your holiday
celebration, what activities would be meaningful for you?
How will you stay focused on what really matters this holiday season?
It’s so easy to get caught up in the business and commercialism of the holiday season.
Eliminate unnecessary holiday stress by deciding ahead of time how you will work
with yourself, your kids to be intentionally focused on what matters most to you
How do you bring the joy of celebration to your Holidays?