In a world during unprecedented times, the sound of Christmas carols hitting the radio waves can make you feel sad, lonely, or anxious. The weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter. These small changes can have more of an impact on our mental health. On top of all that, the holidays might look a little different this year. It might be the first year you find yourself flying solo.
We cannot get caught up in the chaos, fear, drama, or judgement. It’s easy to let all the verbal stories around us suck us into some low lying vibration. Discussions around money, politics, religion, Covid19 can leave us feeling energetically drained. It’s ok to be aware of the circumstances around you, but don’t let the circumstances around you control your mind. Don’t allow those nagging thoughts of wanting to be surrounded with loved ones during the holidays creep up and take you into a tailspin of a negative thought patterns.
Everything is energy. Thoughts become things. That’s why keeping your vibration high and maintaining a positive mindset is the key to your happiness regardless of external circumstances. You have reshape those ideas and beliefs.
"We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them." - Epictetus.
Even in the most lonely times, the holidays are a great time for things to be thankful for and expressing gratitude is a good place to start. We get caught up in the moments of how it is and feelings of lack and in order to move through those feelings, we must begin to tell ourselves a different story. Replace old thought belief patterns with new ones and it will shift your vibration to a higher level. Regardless of whether you’re single or in a relationship, there are always things to be grateful for in our beautiful lives. Expressing gratitude for even the smallest things - a warm cup of coffee, a beautiful snowy landscape, the smell of cookies baking - will raise your spirits.
Being present in each moment can help you from getting caught up in all the brain chatter. Doing small random acts of kindness for every person you greet - whether it’s a simple smile to a stranger, holding the door open, or sending a note of appreciation to a friend will not only make them feel you, you’ll feel good too!
Give the gift of giving. It doesn’t have to be monetary. Give your time to volunteering to causes that are important to you. Not only will it give you a sense of being part of the community, it will take your mind off of your troubles and see things from another’s point of view. You’ll feel purposeful giving back and more connected to your community.
This is a time where we are all craving more connectedness during a time of isolation. It’s ok to be aware of your feelings. Honour them and then let them go. Focus on what you can do. This is a time where we are all experiencing change around the world and we are all doing our best to navigate it. While change can be uncomfortable, it can also be a time of starting new traditions. Book a zoom call with all your friends, make your own holiday cards for your neighbours, and pamper yourself with self love. Embrace this new world we are living in.