Jingles on the radio, bell ringers at mall entrances and beautiful lights around every corner; the stage is set for a perfect holiday season. So why are so many of us finding it hard to get into the holiday spirit?
Maybe it’s the hustle and bustle of decorating, holiday parties and gift purchases. Perhaps it’s the realization another year is coming to an end. It could even be the anticipation of yet another get together seated around the table with Uncle Joe and his awful table manners or an evening spent wondering who will make sure Grandma gets home safely.
Holidays are a time when we gather together with family and friends to celebrate the season and while it’s something we look forward to; it can also be quite stressful. Without realizing it, we have so much going on that it can become overwhelming leaving us feeling stressed out and edgy. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Here are 3 strategies that will help you get through to the New Year and allow you to celebrate the season without the stress and drama that often comes with it.
8 Steps to a Meaningful Holiday
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Known by military spouses around the world as The Direction Diva, Judy Davis is a motivational speaker, military lifestyle blogger, advocate and author of Right Side Up: Finding Your Way When Military Life Turns You Upside Down as well as the essay “My Son’s Battle” in Stories Around the Table. A military spouse herself, Judy blogs, writes and speaks with a passion for helping military families become stronger as they navigate the challenges of military life. To connect with Judy, read her blogs or obtain information about speaking topics, seminars and programs visit: http://thedirectiondiva.com (Inspiring Military Spouses) or http://livingthrucrisis.com (Revealing The Unspoken Truths of Teen Suicide Ideation, Depression & Addiction).
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