Maintaining positivity over the holidays is important to your entire well being: body, mind and spirit. According to PsychMaster article Positive Strategies for Coping with Holiday Blues, the holidays can be a difficult time because of all the extremes that people must integrate, including some contradictory values of spiritual ideals and materialism. All aspects of your health can be affected if you neglect your outlook on life. By building a positive point of view over the holidays, you can better take care of yourself, which leads to better taking care of your family too. While I’ve previously written an article in StudentFilmmakers Magazine about how staying positive matters for actors at work, positivity is also a crucial element of the holiday season.
Truly Use the Vacation as a Vacation
Prioritize time to rest and bond with your family. Three days after my husband chopped down an expensive, gigantic organic tree from a local tree farm, the cheap stand I bought broke, throwing the decorated tree to the ground in the middle of our playroom. My daughter burst into tears as the tree fell, cracking her heirloom baby’s first spoon ornament into two pieces. The holidays seem to create the most stressful situations because the expectations are so high for every moment to be beautiful and meaningful. Finding downtime when the only expectation is to relax is also important over the holidays.
Try Something New
While I search every website looking for the most in demand item that Santa promised to bring, my budget becomes incredibly tight. Vacations are often off the table for many families over the holidays. If you can take a trip, try some of the ideas in my Model Life Magazine article Have a Rockin’ Holiday in Music City. To have a less expensive experience, treat yourself to a small, special adventure in your own hometown. Visit an event that you wouldn’t usually attend. You might discover something so amazing that it becomes a tradition for your family to attend yearly.
Remember the Reason for the Season
Growing up, I had the most meaningful Christmas Eve experience attending midnight mass at my local Catholic parish every year. With the stars twinkling outside, Santa’s gifts always seemed less important to me than the gifts that the shepherds brought Jesus in the nativity scene under our tree. Now in my family, focusing on the spiritual side of the holiday helps my children prioritize the right things during the Christmas season too. Saying prayers and discussing the meaning of Christmas help my children focus on the idea that faith and belief matter.