Holliday emotions run high between thanksgiving and Christmas, us humans are a mess. Did you know that, in the United States, more people commit suicide in the month of December than in any other month? Unfortunately, its true. Also, on Thanksgiving, we spend an entire day being “grateful and loving to one other” so that we can wake up at the crack of dawn the very next morning, and trample over anyone who gets in our way. All so that we can get a great deal on some materialistic objects that, well, quite frankly, we probably don’t even need.
This time of year also brings about more alcohol related accidents and arrests than any other time. Amongst all of the chaotic drinking, selfishness, overtime working and money spending, family feuds, and crafty frustration, there is also a great abundance of charitable donations. Now, whether the majority of this giving is done out of the kindness of people’s hearts, or out of the last-minute scramble to do anything that will enable tax deductions the following year is sadly irrelevant in today’s society.
The rollercoaster that is ‘the end of the year emotions’ can be extremely exhausting. One way I have found that helps me to ‘tone it down a notch’ is to find new, somewhat smaller ways, to count my blessings. We can all find the BIG things in our lives to be grateful for (and should regularly not just on the holidays), but what I’m suggesting is the smaller things.
Finding those itty-bitty details in life that are normally looked over and taken for granted of, can be a surprisingly humbling experience. By seeking out these items daily, and during extremely chaotic months, it helps to remind the subconscious to maintain a quiet state of calming humble gratitude. As tedious as this activity may seem, it actually helps to re-rout our emotional state to a simpler and calmer state.
Next time you are feeling stressed take in a deep breath, and remind yourself of something very very little that you have taken for granted today. Allow yourself to actually feel grateful for it. For a quick example, here are a few very minor things I am grateful for, each are items that I normally take advantage of. As small or even silly as they may seem, they are actually things that I use all the time and would truly struggle to live without!
- Clorox Wipes
- Running water
- Disposable diapers for my baby (if I had to hand wash those things I’d die)
- A dependable car
- A heater in that car
- Warm Shoes
- Outside salt (The parking lot at my work is getting slick and icy)
- Dish and laundry soap
- My children’s voices
In conclusion: Please don’t let this crazy time of year get the best of you. Stay you, stay grateful, stay golden, and face the nastiness that the holidays can bring about with grace and ease. In addition, distract yourself by doing the things you love. Make it a priority to read, enjoy the outdoors, fulfill your hobbies this holiday season!