The holidays can be a very stressful time for many and for many reasons. There are a lot of us out there who are feeling sad because the holidays are here. What can YOU do to help them. Not much except to show a little more empathy – COMPASSION for the fact we as creatures on this earth all have our own unique set of circumstances going on at any one time, you never know what that is for even the guy in front of you at the grocery store – and don’t be so quick to judge. A simple smile goes a long way.
So here are a few tips to help kick the bah-humbug blues if they seem to be knocking at your door.
1. Surround yourself with people who understand you. It’s tough to go to parties and chum with people you only see once a year. Surround yourself with people who you know you don’t have to try hard to be around.
2. Go to a Yoga/Meditation Class. According to a recent study, meditation may increase a person’s ability to feel empathy and benevolence for others. Compassion meditation involves first focusing on loved ones and directing loving-kindness toward them, and then extending that goodwill to all beings indiscriminately. The researchers believe that their findings suggest compassion can be learned and increased with practice.
3. Take a trip. This time of year is beautiful to go out exploring the fabulous world we live in, experience something new, set a new tradition, learn the traditions of other cultures. It will soon be a holiday you won’t forget.
4. Get Outside. There is nothing better than mother nature to help clear your head. Hug a tree, go for a snowshoe, or simply go for an early morning walk before everyone else is up and just notice the simple things.
5. Love Yourself First. Spoken like a true yoga teacher (I know), but really, you need not be so hard on yourself. You only have 1 shot at this – just love who you are and be true and the rest will fall into place.