The holiday season is finally here and for some this is the “most wonderful time of the year” and for others this season triggers many emotions. In past years, Thanksgiving in particular was extremely difficult for me. Ten years ago I recall returning back to work too soon in an effort to escape my life as a new mother.
I was a new mother and having an extremely hard time adjusting and to add to that, my younger sister was hospitalized for an extended period of time due to being recently diagnosed with Lupus. That year, Thanksgiving was VERY different. However, my family kept it business as usual and prepared Thanksgiving dinner and ate it in the hospital visiting my loved one. This memory stuck with me for almost six years before I was able to heal and move on.
You maybe experience something similar this holiday season. We've all had to deal with numerous changes and losses during this pandemic to include navigating through financial situations. I'm here to encourage you that you're not alone!
Yes, this season may be different and difficult but you can do ALL things through Jesus Christ! Lean in on Him a little more through prayer and consider implementing the following tips this holiday season.
- Get plenty of sleep – Being well-rested can improve your mood and help you feel ready to take on the day.
- Learn to say “no” – Overscheduling and not making time for yourself can lead to emotional breakdowns.
- Be open to new traditions – Instead of holding on to what you think the holidays should be, allow new traditions to unfold.
- Get support when mourning a loved one – If you’ve experienced the loss of a loved one...GRIEVE! Afterwards, revisit tip #3.
- Spend time with family & friends – This is not the time to be alone. An idle mind is the devil's playground.
- Exercise regularly – A quick 10-minute walk will get your heart rate up and release mood-boosting endorphins.
- Do something fun and spontaneous - Take yourself to that restaurant you’ve been wanting to dry or even dancing, bowling...ANYTHING!
- Avoid overeating – Before heading out, fill up on veggies and/or water!
- Enjoy some retail therapy - But do it responsibly! Create a budget and stick with it.
Be Blessed and enjoy your Holidays,