As Christmas nears and I think about the coming New Year, I ask myself what is it that I need to express at this time? I cannot deny that this time of year as joyful as it can be, reminds me of the loss of many who were dear and near to me. I am forever grateful to have had them in my life, yet selfishly; there is a definite void without them.
My goal this Christmas and beyond is to transcend the sense of loss and focus more on the lessons of strength and character that those who have departed have taught me. The best tribute that I can provide them is to remember them well and to do my best in making them proud.
This is a special time of year for holiday gatherings and loved ones coming together. Holidays may bring much joy or undue anxiety, stress, or sadness. This Christmas and New Year’s keep in mind these few reminders and know how grateful I am to you for taking the time to read my work:
-Don’t get lost in the commercialism of the holidays! It’s not about what you got or didn’t get. If you feel that you didn’t give enough to someone or some charity, there are 364 other days to help them out.
-Seek a solution! If you have physical pain, that can lead to emotional and spiritual pain. Any of the 3 may lead to the other, for that is the mind-body-spirit connection. Seek help, if you need it!
-Be mindful and realistic! We all have what we categorize as “good days” or “bad days” but it takes both for a complete experience. Appreciate both.
-Show kindness to those around you as well as yourself. We never really know what others are experiencing, so show some compassion. Don’t beat yourself up about some event that did or didn’t turn out as planned.
-Don’t stress, breathe! Remember to have fun, enjoy those with whom you are celebrating, and fight stress through deep breathing and meditation.
These are just a few personal tips. If you think you are depressed seek professional help. I am not a doctor.
I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!