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Your Health
by Pati Kearns
Yoga Spirit at Dance, Etc.

Enjoying The Holidays
Many people look forward to the holiday season all year long. It can be a time of great fun, time to share with family and friends, and a time of spiritual renewal. The holidays can also be a source of stress, in particular when the way we envision the holidays doesn’t match the way they turn out to be. Now is a good time to evaluate your expectations for the holidays and see if there are any changes that you’d like to make. While some people really enjoy the full speed ahead feeling of gatherings and parties, others feel overwhelmed by the pace or left out of things altogether. Do you approach the holidays with a sense of dread or a sense of joy?

To enjoy the season, set a pace and budget that are comfortable for you. There are lots of ways to express joy without over-extending energetically or financially. Simply spending time with friends and family can be one of the most rewarding ways to celebrate. Practice the middle way; don’t eat or drink too much, and find the balance between activity and rest. If it sounds like a relief to scale back on celebrations, decide what events are important to you, and then relax a little bit and let things unfold. Try to really appreciate all of the people you are with, in the spirit of celebration.

If you are away from your dear ones, or you feel left out during the holidays, make it a point to connect with people. The intention and attitude that we bring to our life and to the holidays make all the difference in the world. Recognize miracles all around you; this is a key to happiness. Bring cookies to your neighbors and co-workers. Smile even if you don’t want to; it can really help you feel better. Smiling is so contagious. See how many people you can make smile in a day. Do something nice for somebody. When we help other people, we feel such a sense of connectedness and true joy. We all have the opportunity to create new traditions that are meaningful to us and to truly enjoy the holidays.

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