There is a lot of expectations around the holiday season that can leave us feeling emotionally drained, anxious and stressed.
You could be grieving the loss of a loved one and trying to figure out how to celebrate the holidays when you’re missing someone so deeply, you could be spending your first holiday season post divorce, perhaps money is tight this year and the holiday season doesn’t feel great to you this year, maybe you moved away for college, a new job, a new love and you’re thousands of miles away from your “normal” or maybe you are adjusting to a new diagnosis or have taken on the responsibility of someone’s caregiver.
There are many reasons why the holidays may not feel the best for a lot of us but I want you to know that nothing is permanent. Circumstances can change and just because this year may not feel ideal, that doesn’t mean every holiday season will feel the same for you.
I encourage each and every one of you to reframe how you see the holidays if you’re feeling negativity toward it. I encourage you to allow yourself freedom and space to feel your emotions, make decisions for yourself that best suit your needs today. I also encourage you to embrace the “abnormal” if the holidays look different to you this year and realize this is all a piece of your story about who you’re becoming, what you have been through, lived through and will be stronger for it.
Comment below about your “untraditional” holiday stories. Comment and tell us how you “took back the holidays”, or perhaps you want to talk about how the holidays looked dramatically different for you one year and then it changed the next year. I want this to be an exercise in people being able to read through the comments and know they are are not alone ❤️
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