The holidays are meant to be a happy season, a time when family and friends come together to celebrate and hold close to their heart, family and tradition. For many people, however, the holidays can spark feelings of anxiety, disenchantment, dread and even overwhelming sadness. Instead of cherishing time with family, the season reminds them of unhappy memories, financial obligations, run-ins with dysfunctional relatives, old family traditions that no longer bring joy or a loved one no longer living.
While the holidays are meant to serve as more of a time for rest and relaxation, often the opposite occurs. So many times we are so busy being busy that we loose sight of what’s important. What are some choices you can make to help you have a holiday season that is peaceful, loving and memorable?
You can't control other people or events. However, you can control yourself and consciously choose to respond rather than react. To quote, Mahatma Gandhi, ”Be the change we wish to see in this world." Take responsibility for how you will react. Breathe, choose peace, spread harmony.
Take time for yourself. Enjoy outdoor activities, go for walks before and after dinner. Take a bath filled with your favorite scent. Try yoga.
Focus on the positive, even when negativity is present, there is always a silver lining if you look close enough and are open to the possibilities.
Be present with your loved ones. love always is present. embrace what you have, it’s not about the presents at the Holidays but the presence.
Wishing you a peaceful Holiday Season ~ Namaste.