Beige food, dusty snow globes, worn out tinsel, and drama. Welcome to the holidays.

Christmas tree ornament

The holidays can be a magical time but lordy they can be messy as hell as well. Even with the best of intentions the holidays bring out the best and worst in people – friends, family, and coworkers alike. We are often flooded with memories of challenging times in our life, some more recent than others. Some of those memories may be joyful others tearful, hurtful, and even traumatic. Things in your own backyard (such as grief, financial stress, relationship dynamics, food insecurity, health issues, etc) or abroad (civil unrest, war, etc.) may be impacting how you will be experiencing the next few weeks.

Whatever is happening in your life this holiday season, directly or indirectly, it is important to name it. Own it. Honor it. Recognize what thoughts, behaviors, and feelings come up around those stressors. Don’t measure your stressors and experiences against those of others. In doing so we often subsequently minimize and invalidate our own experiences.

As quickly as the next few weeks come and engulf us, remember they will just as quickly pass and be in our rearview mirror. Be sure to take time for yourself to rest and reflect but be sure to come up regularly for air and enjoy what you can in the season.

If you’re looking for someone to join your journey and help you live with more ease this holiday season and after, give me a shout.

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