Warning: Christmas post
I’m borrowing Megan’s post title from Monday as I, too, have been thinking about the season we are in. I think there are many ways in which the holidays can be stressful, but today, I would like to share how the holiday season is actually therapeutic for me.
1- Being in the moment. There are so many opportunities to be in the moment during the season whether it is trying a new flavor of hot chocolate or observing my child’s glee as we pass our neighbors’ homes with Christmas lights. I am able to let go of the mundane and pay attention to the little things that matter.
2- Connecting spiritually. I am a spiritual person and Christmas allows me to reflect on my beliefs and faith and remind myself how to be more devoted and what devotion means to me.
3- Fun. Sometimes the mundane gets in the way of fun. Weirdly , we let this happen though we all want more fun. We need fun and enjoyment to manage and prevent depression. I’m aware that during the holidays, I intentionally plan and focus on having more fun especially for my children. It’s a reminder to me to plan a little more fun throughout the year.
4- Family. I miss them at Christmas and as painful as that is to miss them, the missing them reminds me that I love them and I’m glad that I do.
5- Giving. I love to find the perfect gift. There is nothing more perfect that watching your loved one enjoying the gift that was especially thought of for them. I can’t imagine a greater joy. I am enjoying the anticipation of seeing my children’s faces when they open their gifts and I get to enjoy their enjoyment.
Be merry and mindful and enjoy your holidays!