The holidays are a time of the year where people are traditionally with their families and reflecting on their lives and loves throughout the year. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve can feel hectic without warning. This can also be a time when some of us feel empty, isolated and alone.
Despite feelings of helplessness there are ways we can all combat the Holiday Blues and we can do this starting immediately.
- Acknowledge and validate that something really is wrong and try to figure out what that elusive “thing” is. A quick way to get a sense of what is missing is to ask yourself the following question; “What has to happen for me to feel happy right now?” This question takes you down a rabbit hole where you can really examine where you want to go and if you are ready for that to happen.
- Do something for yourself that you have been putting off for a while. Think back to those things that make you feel whole in your life, it could be something small such as a manicure, massage, doctor’s appointment, etc. Do something that indicates that YOU are a priority for YOU.
- Closely examine the people in your life and the energy they bring in. People carry with them emotional energy that can be contagious. There may be people that you feel drain you and we want to be aware of who they are even if we can’t get away from them. We also want to counteract negativity by being around positive people that are uplifting and who make you feel good when you are with them.
These three key steps are just the beginning in your journey towards peace, love and joy. As Lao Tzu once said “The longest journey begins with a single step.” Did you take your step today?