What do the Christmas holidays mean for you? Magic days of love, full of joy and laughter?
Some people experience what is called "seasonal depression". Even up to anger because of the excessive commercialization of Christmas, focusing on donations and emphasis on "perfect" social activities. For others, Christmas seems to be a trigger to engage in excessive self-reflection and thinking about the inadequacies of life (the victim's mentality) compared to other people who seem to have more and do more. Some are concerned about the financial costs associated with the pressure that is being caused both commercially and by themselves to themselves. Some are tired of the expectations of social gatherings with family, friends and acquaintances, who would in fact prefer not to spend their time. Some have lost their jobs and this is causing their concern. And finally, the misfortune of a loved one, is for many people the reason to feel very lonely on Christmas days.
Eventually, it seems that we could be more trapped after all, than we want to believe. Let's see what we could avoid this year and what we could do instead.
Truth be told, the Christmas celebrations are terribly associated with huge financial costs and as much as we hate it, we are the only ones responsible for that. Setting your own personal limit on how much money you will spend on either your gifts or your celebrations gives you control. How about you make the gifts this year with your hands? Handmade gifts are unique and personalized, and this is something of special appreciation. The same thing you could do of course with the Christmas decoration as well.
This perfect image displayed by the media, foundations and others? You feel and know better that this image is far from reality. You also know that even in the worst situation you may find yourself, that there are still some in a more unfavorable position. Going out and helping the less fortunate (e.g through volunteer work or charity), is the most beautiful gift one could offer to a fellow man, receiving back something far more than just personal pleasure and joy.
Stop having expectations for yourself and others about how the holidays should be, like for example, "we have to keep the traditions." Enjoy the holidays as you feel like and allow others do the same.
Like the Dreamcatcher only allows good dreams through, let us transform this Christmas into the best they can be.
More on how we can achieve this, I look forward to sharing with you next week!
Have beautiful days!
Always here for you!
Sending you Love and Light,