Mental Health

Focusing on Joy This Holiday Season

The end of the year is within sight. That means it’s time for the holidays – a time for family togetherness, food, and gifts. For many, it’s also a time of stress, anxiety, and even depression. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Use these tips to help you focus on joy this holiday season.

Unplug and Disconnect

Many of us need help with disconnecting from work during the holidays. Work emails, Slack notifications, Asana messages, and phone calls can disrupt any holiday gathering. That makes it hard to focus on the small moments of joy and togetherness wedged between the last-minute shopping, meal prep, and all the rest. Make sure you set specific hours that you’re available for work-related needs. Outside of those hours, turn off notifications related to work, including email and apps.

Focus on Those Happy Moments

The holidays are a whirlwind, equal parts preparation and waiting. Some of those parts are undeniably boring, but some are the most joyous times of the year. Take time to focus on those happy moments. Be present in them rather than being a dispassionate observer. It could be watching a loved one’s face as they unwrap a gift. It might be feeling a loved one’s arms around you as they embrace you in a hug. Whatever the case might be, focus on those moments and absorb them. 

Share Your Gratitude

When everything is said and done, the holidays are about people. They’re about family and friends, and even those loved ones who might not make it to a particular gathering. One way to truly focus on joy this holiday season is to share your gratitude with those around you. Grab a mug of hot chocolate and the elbow of a family member you rarely see, and make for a quiet corner where you can joyfully connect and reminisce. 

Have Some Fun

Make time for fun this holiday season, and you’ll be surprised at how much more joyful you feel. That might mean going to an ice-skating rink, but it could also mean going caroling, playing board games with assembled family members, having a snowball fight, going sledding, or anything else you can think of. Permit yourself to free that inner child, and the season will regain some of its magic.

A Season to Remember

The holidays can be stressful and hectic. Don’t let that force you to lose sight of the incredible joy this time of year can bring. Use these tips to reconnect, share your gratitude, focus on happy moments, and have some fun this year! Contact Mel Doerr now with any questions or to book an appointment!

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