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By Vilma Sakalauskaite

HOLIDAY WELLNESS

Let me ask you, how do the Holidays make you feel?

  • Joyous
  • Spiritual
  • Generous
  • Excited
  • Isolated
  • Sad
  • Grief
  • Bad memories

Holidays are an annual recurring time of the year marked by the special events recognized in many Western countries and generally runs from late November to early January. It is associated with religion, family / friend gatherings, giving back, excessive shopping, eating, reflecting and creating new plans. COVID-19 has made us modify the way we do things and how we relate to our loved ones. Good kids didn’t go visit their parents in 2020.

Typical challenges we experience during the holidays are loss of family and friends. Financial hardships do not allow us to participate in all of the holiday shopping. Days are shorter. People around you may be really happy while you’re feeling somewhat blue and isolated. Businesses are closed. There is religious and political tension with family members or friends; not to mention Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD),  a type of depression that tends to occur during the fall and winter months due to inadequate bright light from the sun.

Let’s create an Action Plan, as we do in WRAP®

  • I will get enough sleep
  • Think about how I would like to feel or something I would like to accomplish
  • Eat healthy
  • Exercise
  • Light therapy
  • Cal a friend or family member I haven’t spoken to for a while
  • Arts and crafts
  • Affirmations

Here are just a few affirmations to try to increase your wellness, self esteem, and so much more. Look online for more specific affirmations and ideas or come up with your own.

  • I release my expectation of others. I notice the spirit residing within everyone. I know that all are behaving the best that they know how to at the moment. 
  • I breathe in and out knowing what needs to get done will get done. I release all stress and expectations of what I think  I should be. I allow myself to be me. 
  • I celebrate this moment in time as it is divine, whole, complete, and perfect as it is. I allow joy and bliss to fill my home and my heart. I am at peace.
  • I am the creator of my experiences. I am focused on creating a great holiday season full of peace, calm and what lights ME up!

The year is coming to an end. The virus is not … We have realized, lost or discovered a lot during this period. At the same time, willingly or unwillingly, we have adapted to living under different conditions. For myself, this period has been beneficial in refining values ​​and deciding what is most important. I realized that communication and building and nurturing a larger or smaller community is an important part of my life. That is what PEERS support groups are for. While we are sharing, asking questions and answering them while meeting in a virtual space, we learn (and continue to learn) not to panic, but to rather act responsibly. It seems to me that our lives are most meaningful through contact with others and the environment around us. I therefore invite you to attend our support groups. 

Give yourself a gift of WRAP® this holiday season. Click here to register for WRAP® Orientation tomorrow, Thursday, December 3rd 9:30-12:30.

WRAP® stands for Wellness Recovery Action Plan®. Click here to learn more about it.