Holidays are around the corner for many countries and cultures… In Mexico, the Day of the Death, in the US, Thanksgiving, in India, Diwali and for many occidental cultures December is a month to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year.
No matter which holiday you celebrate, being away from the loved ones may be hard in times of tradition and love… There are certain tips that may help you to enjoy the holiday season while being away from family and friends.
Reframing thoughts is when you actively notice unhelpful thoughts in your mind and reframe them into more useful thoughts. This helps because the way you think about certain situation, affects the way you feel and behave.
How to reframe thoughts?
Changing and reframing thoughts may not be as easy as it sounds, but its all about training our minds!
Human beings are a combination of body, mind and soul. Therefore, taking care of each aspect is fundamental; if we neglect one, the others will limp.
If you have a large family, lots of friends who may or may not be so keen on technology, a virtual dinner might be a complicated long-shot. Someone's internet may crash, you may be in different timezones and your uncle won't figure out how to put himself on mute.
Instead, take the pressure off by having an off-screen toast with wine, coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. If you can figure out videoconferencing, great. If not, encourage everyone to send a selfie of their holiday setup and beverage of choice in a group chat. The photos will make you grin—and hopefully get you through the day.
For some, holidays are a reminder of the loss of someone special to them. Grief does not take a back seat during the holidays and may be magnified. It’s important to acknowledge your feelings and try not avoid to them.
Experiencing both negative and positive feelings during the holidays while grieving is OK, remember that all feelings can coexist.
Consider writing about them, talking to mutual friends or family in common to remember them, share stories, talk about how much you miss them, and acknowledge your grief.
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