We are just days away from Thanksgiving, which is the kick off to two back to back holiday celebrations. And while holidays are a time for family and friends, food and festivities, you might feel yourself getting a little blue. This is normal, as the holidays are a time also of stress, ill behaved family members, and added expenses. If you find yourself suffering from a mild case of the holiday blues, give these tips for finding happiness during the holidays a try. The holidays can be stressful, but with just a little help you can find the happiness you deserve.
Here is how you can started:
1. Take away the money element.
Don’t let the lack of expenses keep you from feeling happy during the holiday season. Remind yourself that “things” and “stuff” will never make the season complete or better for you. When you keep this in mind, you will find that you can feel more peaceful and happy.
2. Surround yourself with family.
Now is the time to make amends with family and enjoy the season next to them. Put aside differences and instead take the higher road. Enjoy a meal together, exchange small gifts, or attend a holiday function together. Remember, you never know when your last holiday season will be. Live each one as it is the last and cherish each moment.
3. See the season through a child’s eyes.
Remind yourself what it is that you liked about the holiday season. Try to bring those elements back into the holiday. Bake cookies, make crafts, sing carols, and do some of the other activities that you loved so much as a child.
4. Slow down.
Don’t make a whole list of holiday activities you NEED to do. Instead, think of a few you really want to focus on and make them happen. Slow down and look at the activities as something to enjoy, not something you NEED to check off a list.
5. Be hands on.
Don’t let the commercialism of the season take over. Try crafting a few gifts and decor pieces of your own. You can even make your own greeting cards if you wish. Enjoy the season in a hands on way and see how much happier it can be.
When you give these tips a try, you can enjoy a holiday season that is slower, more peaceful, and an overall more happy one. See how they can make a difference for you.
Happy Monday, friends.