Tips For A Healthy Holiday Season
It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is only a week away.
Which marks the beginning of the 2023 Holiday Season.
This is a magical time of year for many.
Decorations, parties, delicious meals, and gifts...
Fill our hearts with a contagious, celebratory spirit.
Yet many suffer from stress, anxiety, and depression during the holidays.
The absence of loved ones can trigger sadness and heartache.
Some people are unemployed or struggling with illness.
Here are suggestions for navigating this time of year...
It's important to acknowledge your feelings.
Don't sweep them under the rug.
While happiness depends on outer circumstances...
Joy is an internal manifestation.
So don't punish yourself for not feeling merry.
Commit to establishing a budget for holiday shopping and expenses.
Financial strain is a leading cause of stress.
Quality time and happy memories are worth more than expensive items.
Consider these as genuine gifts rather than spending a lot of money.
Arrange realistic plans and anticipations for this season.
Set a reasonable pace, organize your time, and prioritize what's important to you.
Avoid disappointment if the holidays "aren't as good as they used to be".
Change is a part of life.
Have faith that wonderful events are in your future.
Invest your time in volunteering for those who are in need.
In my first year of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction,
it seemed like everything in my world was collapsing.
So my sponsor told me to work in a local soup kitchen for the homeless.
It was one of the best experiences of my life.
And his advice laid the foundation for my attitude of gratitude.
Community service will cultivate a new perspective in your life.
Build a strong support network.
This improves your capability to cope with challenging situations,
and diminish the effects of emotional distress.
Research shows you'll develop strong mental and physical health…
As well as enhanced self-esteem and optimism.
For a season meant for fellowship and cherished memories.
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