Navigating the Holidays With Joy

December 18, 2023 0 comments
Photo of Mom hugging child in front of Christmas tree

Proactive Ways To Enhance Your Mood
and Well-Being This Christmas

For many people, the holidays can be emotionally and mentally draining. Dr. Anna Ord, dean of Regent University’s School of Psychology and Counseling, shares five tips to better manage stress, lower your risk of illness and enhance your mood.

  1. Embrace Simplicity: Remember that holidays aren’t about grandeur, but the joy of togetherness. Prioritize meaningful traditions over perfection. A simple, heartfelt gesture often brings more happiness than elaborate plans or expensive gifts.
  2. Practice Gratitude: Take a moment each day to reflect on what you’re thankful for. This act can shift your focus from what’s missing or stressful to the abundance of love and joy around you.
  3. Take Time for Yourself: Amidst the holiday hustle, set aside personal moments for peace and quiet. Whether it’s spending time alone with God, taking a walk or simply sipping a cup of cocoa, self-care is essential to rejuvenate your spirit.
  4. Find Joy in Giving: Embrace the spirit of giving without expecting anything in return. Whether it’s a thoughtful gift, volunteering, or simply lending a listening ear, the joy received from giving is like no other!
  5. Stay Connected: Whether you’re celebrating in person or virtually, take time to nurture the bonds with your friends and family. Sharing stories, laughter and memories can infuse your holiday with genuine joy.

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