Holiday wellness: Give the gift of yourself this season

Earlier this month we posted a blog about making time for yourself to escape the hustle and bustle of the season.  It painted a picture of lots of activity, entertaining and many opportunities to spend time with loved ones.

But with recent events in our world, it got us thinking about when the holidays aren’t always an easy time to celebrate for many—and how living the spirit of the season can make a big difference in our physical and mental health.

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Comfort in your community

We hear time and time again the holidays are a time to spend with family and friends. But for many of us, because of life events or distance, that’s not always an option. But the season doesn’t need to be a time of solitude.

There are many organizations looking for volunteers during the holidays. Delivering gifts and food hampers… serving a holiday meal at a local mission… helping at your local church during busy services… visiting patients at a local hospital or seniors’ home: there are many ways to take comfort in our communities and share the holidays with others.

Share your family

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For those of us fortunate enough to be with loved ones—why not share that good fortune? Instead of ordering a poinsettia for your elderly neighbour living alone, why not invite them to spend the day with your family? Is there a relative or friend you haven’t spoken to in a long time but you know would be thrilled to receive a visit or invitation?

The season is for giving

The holidays can be a great time—but for many of us they can be challenging.  We all have the power to make a difference in a life this season by giving a gift more valuable than any package tied with a bow—ourselves.  Live the season.

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