Be Prepared and at Ease for the Holidays

Charming sad old woman is sitting on sofaGrief is a natural response to a loss, change, transition, or death. Grief affects everyone uniquely. It could be emotionally, mentally, physically, intellectually, and/or spiritually. As the 2023 holidays approach, take time to self-care with positive activities. Examples are reading uplifting stories and poems, journaling, stretching, meditating, connecting with people, appreciating nature walks, etc. Find your source of strength and peace each day. Be prepared for the upcoming holidays.

Daily Self–Care for December and New Year’s Day

Breathe deeply. Be open. Believe good things will happen.
Evoke encouraging words. Evolve as you take the first steps forward.
Prepare for the holidays by planning what you are willing to do. Be patient with yourself.
Preview and reflect on life’s lessons.
Energize through exercise. Every effort counts.
Pause. Peace comes from within.
Attitude matters. Aspire to inspire.
Remember to count your blessings.
Eat nutritiously. Embrace a healthy lifestyle.
Dedicate time to be kind to yourself daily.
Free yourself from negative thoughts. Forgive.
Options and opportunities are all around us.
Random acts of kindness uplift your spirit.
Take care and rest. Take some time off.
Humor helps. Smile, even if you don’t want to.
Engage in inspirational self-care activities. Embrace the ones you enjoy doing.
Understand moments can be tough. Use the time to hold your heart.
Promote wellness. Pamper yourself.
Choose to be calm and courageous. Celebrate the small steps.
Observe. Optimism opens new doors.
Take time for yourself. Move with music.
integrate new experiences. Invite change.
Navigate your path. Notice nature’s beauty.
Grieve, yet greet today with gratefulness.
Hope for the best. Have a blessed day.
Open your heart to new beginnings.
Laughter is good for you. Let it go.
Invite positive thoughts.
Develop new traditions & rituals. Dance daily!
Allow ALOHA in your life. Acknowledge both the pain and joy in the grief journey.
You are important. Yes, you will be fine.
Seek strength from within. Speak with sincere gratitude in the NEW YEAR.

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3 responses to “Be Prepared and at Ease for the Holidays”

  1. Bill Hardy Avatar
    Bill Hardy

    Aloha from Alaska, my folks too are up in age, Dad 101 , Mom 95 which means I’m not too far behind. As I get older I’m more thankful and Felicia’s article is timely for me. As time passes so do friends and family, but other love ones come to in my life. Thanks so much.

  2. Jo Rice Avatar
    Jo Rice

    My elderly parents, 90 and 95, are still here with me. I am very close to them and can’t imagine a world without them. It makes me panic sometimes, especially during the holidays. After reading this, it left me with a sense of peace and resolve. I will allow myself the process, be kind to myself and realize there will be support out there if I just look for it. Thank you Felicia for sharing your words of wisdom.

  3. Noemi Condra Avatar
    Noemi Condra

    Good reminders to have. Lost my husband three years now and still grieving of losing him. I still try to do the usual traditions we used to have but never forget to take a breather, smile, help others and meet friends regularly. Printed these reminders and posted on my refrigerator. Mahalo, Felicia!

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