“Is there anything you dread about this holiday season? Do you have fears, anxiety or insecurity around seeing family members or others who don’t value you? Are you afraid of what might happen this year, or are reminded of past letdowns, abuse, or losses?”
If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions you’ll benefit from Jenna Forrest’s strategies for avoiding stress during the holidays.
As she noted in a holiday newsletter, “People with high levels of peace have learned to shift their thoughts until they have better ‘inner’ experiences, despite ‘outer’ circumstances.
“Suppose a person is very anxious and easily triggered by large family holiday gatherings. If he were wanting to feel satisfied and balanced over the holidays (have less anxiety), he might decide to only spend one on one time with the people who cherish him and value his true nature. These may be family members, or they may be friends who are kind and supportive.
“If he doesn’t know anyone who he feels truly values him, he might learn new ways to nurture and value himself. He might read books that enable him to feel validated that he was created exactly as he was for a great purpose.
“Your holiday choices may even become new habits, leading you to experience greater self-acceptance throughout this next year and to feel consistently able to handle life from a standpoint of strength.
“Taking care to make sure we are ok helps us to experience less anxiety and keeps us from being tempted to manipulate outer circumstances out of fear.”
With some effective self-nurturing strategies, it’s possible to not only survive the holidays but to enjoy them.
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