I have a wise friend. What a blessing! Her name is Kelly Duggan Shearer. She kindly allowed me to share these suggestions with you about keeping the holidays happy. She encourages us to R.E.S.T. to stay sane the holiday season.
R: Reduce stress. Set a budget for time, social obligations and gifts. Prioritize tasks and activities. Practice relaxation techniques. (I think this might include massage, don’t you?!)
E: Embrace yourself. Exercise daily. Get plenty of rest. Eat and drink in moderation.
S: Set realistic expectations. Remember, the holiday season is not a cure for feelings or loneliness, anger or sadness. Also, do not expect yourself to attend every event to which you are invited, or to enjoy each activity equally.
T: Take time to reinvent your holiday. Create new traditions and memories. Surround yourself with caring, supportive people. Honor the memory of those who are no longer with you.
Kelly is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 45250) with a private practice in Glendora, CA. She specializes in helping women in their 30’s and 40’s to reclaim freedom in their hearts and joy in their relationships. Who can’t use a little more joy? Reach her at 626-841-9165 and here. Thanks Kelly!