Very little Fa-la-la-la-la in your life this time of year? You are not alone.
Vivian Dittmar1 has coined the phrase, “Ho, ho, help!” She says, “”Tis the season to be jolly, yet, more often than not, we find ourselves in less than high spirits when the holiday season hits.”
Many of us know only too well that this can very well continue throughout the entire darkness of winter- well beyond the holidays.2
Take heart, Dittmar offers 5 survival tips:
- Let go: of your concept of how it should be
- Less is more: Go through those long lists you have for everyone and everything you should be thinking about and doing something for and, one by one, cross out anything that is not essential.
- Check your real needs: Be honest about what you find when you take that space to breathe and speak out about what you need.
- Feel what you are feeling: One of the big emotional holiday traps is that the pressure to feel happy is so high. It is normal to experience less-than-happy-feelings during this time.
- Practice gratitude: At the end of the day, it is not about what we accomplish that determines how happy we are, but rather what we are grateful for.
Dittmar continues, “That said, keep breathing and enjoy the ride. If
you keep these five keys on hand, chances are you will be able to enjoy the emotional highs and lows as an opportunity to celebrate-your life- exactly the way it happens to be this season”.
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- Vivian Dittmar, Founder of the nonprofit Charge Foundation for Cultural Change, in Costco Connection, December 2016
- Matthew Hunt, http://www.counselingondemand.com/anxiety/bright-ideas-treating-winter-blues/