Keep the Holiday Spirit Alive All Year

Keep the Holiday Spirit Alive All Year

When goodwill and cheer dip after the holidays, use these 11 tips to brighten every day.

Basking in the warmth of family and friends is often the trademark of a happy holiday season. But how do we keep that feel-good vibe going long after the New Year?

Keeping a feeling of appreciation all year will prolong the season of comfort and joy.

Renown Behavioral Health’s Counselors with Anne Wallace and Mary Duffy,  offer 11 tips you can use when you start to feel a change in attitude and keep that holiday spirit alive.

  1. Be grateful. Gratitude is the gateway to shifting our focus. Start small by being thankful for a beautiful sunrise, for your life or your five senses. Then graduate to the bigger gifts in your life such as your family and friends.

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  2. Take a breath. When you’re feeling agitated, take a moment to breathe and let go of the uncontrollable. We often forget we can stop our thoughts in their tracks with awareness. Evaluate your thoughts and consider a realistic perspective.
  3. Go T-E-A-M! Be the cheerleader for those in your life: family, friends, co-workers, and yourself. Be on the lookout for the good and verbalize what you discover.
  4. Downtime required. Make time to rest and re-create. This could include sleeping, meditating , reading, or carving out some quiet time and space to relax.
  5. Play daily. Stay in touch with your inner child by enjoying the lighter side of life. Join in a dance class, take an art or cooking class, or participate in a new sport.
  6. Forgive. Practicing forgiveness opens up space in your life for loving. Don’t let the shadows of the past darken the doorstep of your future; forgive because you deserve peace.
  7. Initiate heartfelt conversations. Share your true feelings with those most important to you. Be authentic and remember these three communication guidelines: Is it kind? Is it honest? Is it necessary?
  8. Simplify. Letting go of the things you can’t control can make your life easier and help you focus on what’s most important to you. Learn to “say no” and evaluate your busy routines to see where you cut back and create more efficient uses of your time.
  9. Be present. Discover new ways to focus and de-stress with mindful living practices. Turn off technology gadgets, actively listen to others around you and fully engage with others.
  10. Celebrate life and season. Approach changing seasons with  merriment. Winter may be chilly and dark, but after December’s solstice each day grows longer and brighter heading into spring. Each season has unique and beautiful changes you can enjoy.
  11. Enjoy yourself. Release “feel good” endorphins with fun exercises. Prepare meals with colorful fruits and veggies and enjoy the sensory feast or find physical activities that you like.