I love this season for its Hallmark movies, the celebration of friendship and family, the connectedness over shared experiences and traditions, the warmth of a hot chocolate while exploring beautiful lights on a crisp winter evening. 

For many, the holiday season can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. The thoughts of passed loved ones, the reminder of not having what you wanted to achieve this year, a calendar filled with so many social gatherings and parties, and triggers from family and friends. Winter is a time when many are also impacted by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). In this article on WebMD, up to 9 million people in the US are affected by SAD, so it may rear its head at this time. I know I just made the season sound very dismal, which is not my intention. My intention is to provide a few tips to support you in thriving this season. 

Tip 1: Take care of yourself and your needs

One of the hardest lessons of this season is to honor your body and deal with the FOMO (fear of missing out). If your body isn’t giving you a full body YES on an invitation, then take that as a no or check in with yourself to see if it is something you want to decide closer to the date. I know that many times I don’t know why I am feeling hesitant and it turns out that my intuition was telling me something else is coming up that I need to pay attention too. Listening to your intuition is the best way of experiencing self care. 

Tip 2: Find joy in each day

In each moment, find the place in yourself that feels even a small light, some joy and/or some happiness. Your higher self and all of your loved ones want you to be happy. It is up to you to choose that. 

Tip 3: Nourish and nurture yourself

Have you had a check up recently? Are you taking the vitamins/supplements you need to support optimal health? Are you eating foods that agree with you? During this time of year, there are a lot of foods circulating that may not feel the best for you. It is important to balance your consumption out with what feels good for your body. A few of my hacks are light therapy, being in nature even ten minutes a day, and asking myself: “What would the best version of myself do in this moment?”

Tip 4: Finish what you can

I also take a lot of time during this time of year to finish the things that I can I complete to gain a sense of accomplishment. I may not be able to get everything done, but at least I can say I accomplished a few things. Take an action towards the goals that didn’t get the attention you wanted to give them before the holidays.

Tip 5: If a loved one is feeling any of the above, have compassion

If a loved one is having a hard time during the season, ask them what they need from a place of love. Maybe they need to talk, do something that their loved ones used to do, or maybe they just need to know you see them and hear them. 

Each moment is what we make it. Sometimes life does get tough even during bright seasons. Remember you have the power to make a choice in each moment on how you respond.

Join us for our upcoming webinar on January 8th, 2020 Vision: Creating Aligned Goals for the New Year. Attendees will also receive a free copy of the exclusive Veza Community Goal Setting Guide with purposeful reflection questions and journal prompts, as well as a timeline exercise for your 2020 goals. Sign up today https://veza-2020vision.eventbrite.ca