With the holidays here, how can we make it happy and joyous? This year will be a “COVID” holiday season and things will most definitely will be different. We will have smaller holiday gatherings, do online shopping to avoid the crowded stores and malls, have “Zoom” office parties, etc. But we need to find the little things that bring us happiness and peace to our lives. For some, faith gives us hope and happiness. For some, families and friends add to our happiness and joy. Checking our holiday “wish list”, what can we add to the list that we want for this year? Wealth, health, fame, material things may be on the list. But whatever is your “wish list”, try to find peace, joy and happiness. If you are having a stressful season and need to speak with someone, please reach out to EAN.
November is a time of year we celebrate Thanksgiving. We reflect on what we are grateful for. Many are thankful and grateful for their family, friends, home, work, etc. This year has been quite challenging, both locally and globally. Some people have faced job loss, loss of loved ones due to COVID-19, adjustments in their home life, home-schooling, etc. Folk are surviving a pandemic and an election year that will change the course of America’s future, just to name a few 2020 unsettling issues. At times, many have been sure what was happening in the moment or going to happen the next day. It has been difficult at times to stay positive and find joy and happiness. Here are some suggestions on helping “choose joy” in your daily lives:
- Get enough sleep – practice sleep hygiene.
- Start with quiet time – pray, meditate.
- Think of little ways to make every day special.
- Listen to music.
- Even if you don’t have time to clean the whole house, just tidy up.
- Exercise -Keep moving.
- Count your blessings.
- Keep a gratitude journal
- Keep your circumstances in perspective.
If you are struggling and need support with your daily life, please reach out to EAN via phone at 828-252-5725 // 800-454-1477 or by email.