Monday, November 23, 2015


The holidays are once again fast approaching and maybe this will be the year that we do things differently. So many of my patients and friends confide in me that they really do not enjoy the holidays. They rush through Thanksgiving and dive head first into shopping for gifts, sending out cards, going to parties and giving parties, and find themselves feeling flat and tired. Let yourself enjoy each holiday in its own right.  
Halloween is a lot of fun, especially when you have children who are excited about their costumes and all the candy they will receive. Thanksgiving truly is a day to give thanks for what we have, family, friends, a safe place to live, and food to eat. 

Try and really look at the difference between wants and needs. If all your needs are met and you are able to have some of your wants, than you are much better off than many people around the world. As for the post‐Thanksgiving holidays, make your budget, your list, and methodically make your way through and really enjoy the processing of selecting gifts and wrapping them and anticipating the pleasure of the person you are giving the gift to. If you have to spend time with family members that you really do not enjoy, try and look at what you do like about that person and remember that every person has a story and you may not know their entire story. Wish them well in your thoughts and maybe you will even see them smile. If you are missing people that have passed away or are not able to be with you this year, focus on the positive memories. For those people that cannot be with you this year, call them. Maybe even arrange a group call on skype or face time. Share memories and remember what you are thankful for. Even if your life is not where you want it to be, there is always something to be thankful for and something to share. HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
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