Does the holiday season bring you stress? anxiety? depression? frustration? You are not alone!!!!
It seems as if the holiday season—that time-honored mixed bag of pleasure and pain—starts earlier and earlier each year, bringing with it a flood of emotional baggage many of us would prefer to leave behind. If you harbor memories of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or other holiday celebrations filled with disappointments and dread, you are not alone. This year holiday related items were up before Halloween!!!
If you experience excessive anxiety and foreboding at the first sight of holiday paraphernalia in the department store:
1. Consider relaxing your expectations
2. Shifting your mindset
3. Engage in relaxing and mindful exercises
4. Write a list of what you are thankful or have gratitude for and refer to that list often
5. Give the gift of love, time and your listening skills, make others feel important
6. Focus on giving to others rather than focusing on receiving
These changes help make it possible to survive—and even thrive—during the stress-filled weeks from late November until early January.
“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr.
Here are a few list of ways to be grateful during the season