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  • Writer's pictureLisa Dunk

Keeping Your Spirits Bright

Ah, the holidays - a time of joy, twinkling lights, and festive cheer. It's also a season that can stir up some pretty intense emotions. Whether it's the hustle and bustle, family dynamics, or the weight of missing loved ones, it's okay to feel all the feels. Here are some tips to help you ride those emotional waves like a pro:

1. Acknowledge Your Feelings: First things first, it's absolutely okay to feel whatever you're feeling. Give yourself permission to experience those emotions, whether they're wrapped up in tinsel or not. It's all part of the human experience.

2. Create Your Safe Space: Find a cozy nook where you can retreat to when things get a bit overwhelming. A spot filled with your favorite things - books, soft blankets, scented candles - can be a real refuge when you need it.

3. Breathe, Baby, Breathe: When the emotions start surging like a snowstorm, take a moment to just breathe. Inhale for a count of four, exhale for a count of eight. Repeat until you feel the storm clouds start to lift.

4. Set Boundaries: You're steering the holiday wagon. Don't be afraid to set boundaries, whether it's limiting your time at events or kindly asserting your needs.

5. Gratitude as a Lifeline: In the midst of all the chaos, take a moment to reflect on the things you're grateful for. It's like a warm cup of cocoa for your soul.

6. Seek Support: You're not alone in this journey. Reach out to your trusted tribe - friends, family, or even a professional. Talking it out can be a game-changer.

7. Inject Some Fun: Laughter truly is the best medicine. Schedule in activities that bring you joy and make you forget the holiday frenzy for a while.

Remember, it's all about doing things YOUR way. Embrace the quirks, the tears, and the belly laughs. You've got the power to navigate this holiday season with grace and authenticity.

Sending you all the love and light during this special time of year! 🌟


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