I’ve started a YouTube series on my new channel on how to stay as stress free as possible during the holiday season.
I do this because it’s a really painful time for a lot of people. The holidays are meant to inspire and create joy and peace within us all. A time for us to remember all that we’re thankful for, the people we love, and all the ways our life has grown. It swells within us the urge to spread love to others, to help out those who stand in need, to uplift the heavy heart.
And yet, it turns out to be one of the most depression, anxiety, and emotional pain inducing times of the year.
Rates of depression and anxiety sky-rocket. Parents feel guilt and shame over not having mountains of gifts for their children. Adults feel stretched thin by family, feeling as if there is no way to please everyone, no way to spend time everywhere. We feel we “should” be doing this or that, here or there, and that we never meet the expectations the season has placed on us. We become isolated and lonely, sometimes alienated and sick with stress.
Instead of peace, joy, and love – too often we get manipulation, shame, and anger. This is not how we’re meant to feel.
Our joy and happiness is so important, I can’t express it in words. We’re all so valuable and worthy of the best this world has to offer.
I hope you have a healthy, more enjoyable holiday this year. Regardless of what you celebrate or don’t, where you’ll be or what you choose to do or not – you deserve to be treated with love, compassion, respect, and dignity by others AND yourself.
Don’t forget to take care of yourself.
What are your experiences this time of the year?
Do you do anything in particular to keep away from the negative emotions and behaviors of this season? Any magical advice?