The snow has fallen, trees are being decorated and lights are being hung – it’s no secret that the holidays are upon us! While this is a joyous time for many, often times it can be a stressful time, too. Not to mention adding Coronavirus concerns into the mix can make this time even more nerve-wracking!
Even though you may be more stressed out than usual, there are ways to foster a more positive mindset and enjoy all the season has to offer! Here’s how:
- Start a gratitude journal. It’s been proven that jotting down things you’re grateful for can increase your sense of gratitude and improve your sense of well-being. Try writing down three things, however small, every day or make a list on your hardest days.
- Fund humor in situations. Open yourself up to finding humor in ever day things, even the difficult ones. Laughing has many benefits including lowering feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. It helps lighten the mood!
- Begin your day on a positive note. Give yourself a compliment, or compliment someone else. Listen to a positive song or podcast.
- Focus on the present instead of dwelling on past experiences. If you notice your thoughts drifting off to past negative experiences, focus on the present. Focus on your senses; what do you feel? Smell? hear? This will bring you back to the present.
- Actively seek out those people in your life that have a positive mindset. Some people are more negative than others, and if you’re spending most of your time with friends that have a negative outlook on everything, you’re likely to pick up on their negativity.
- Practice self care. Make sure to set aside some time for yourself and focus on your own well being. Go to the gym and workout, take a bath, go for a walk. Do something for yourself despite how small it may be!
If you’re feeling stressed out, remember you’re not alone. We’re all feeling Covid fatigue, and many are worried about holiday plans and the unknown. Lean on those that actively support you. Don’t be so hard on yourself and try the techniques listed in this article! We hope these suggestions help you find joy this holiday season!