The holiday season brings with it a variety of ingrained feelings and behaviors for many people. Some of those emotional responses are quite lovely: Perhaps we’re a little more generous, kinder, more prone to forgive others in the spirit of good will to all (wo)men! Awesome! Good stuff! Keep it coming!
But for many people, rolling out of bed November 1 can be the beginning of two months of dread and/or sadness. Lots of people don’t have family, have estranged family, or are far away from family and friends…it can be a tough time.
For others, the holidays can be a series of triggers, especially from abuse perpetrated by a family member or around the holidays.
Tradition and routine are meant to harken of times past, but sometimes those traditions need to be broken and changed to fit where we are now.
In this episode, we share some tips for getting through the holidays with as much joy as you can muster and, hopefully, a whole lot of peace. From pampering yourself to volunteering to travelling, we offer suggestions on how to make the holiday season a time you can look forward to. Give yourself permission to do it differently this year!
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