This time of year can be very stressful and anxiety-provoking for many people.
The weather is turning colder, which can result in increased isolation. Holidays are quickly approaching and worries about end of the year expenses or putting the snow tires on in time creep up.
Or perhaps you’re like the thousands of people who’ve lost parents and siblings and feel like an orphan. Whatever may bring on the “winter blues” there is no need to suffer alone. Decide to be proactive instead of reactive! Gather friends or family in advance and schedule positive, social connections.
Need a few ideas?
~Blow the dust off the old board games and start a games tournament
~Host a themed potluck, try out a new recipe, and require costumes (hint—Hawaiian shirts required)
Family doesn’t live nearby or they are toxic for you? Create your own family! Nowhere is it written that family must only include blood relatives. Unsure where to start? Take a few minutes to reflect about the people you’re most grateful to have in your life---that’s your family!
Create new rituals!
As we grow, our needs and interests change and so can our winter rituals.
I love these suggestions from previous clients:
~Start a kindness and gratitude practice by filling holiday cards with personalized messages about kindness. Or scratch the holiday greetings and just send notes of kindness!
~Have a snowball fight, build a snowman
~Be a tourist in your home town. Go somewhere in the city you’ve never been before.
Whatever you decide to do, make it stick, and be true to YOUR Authentic Expansion.
Smooth Rock Psychological Services, LLC