Life is unpredictable, and there are so many events and situations we can’t control.
The good news is, we can control how we react to those events and how we look at them.
You Can’t Force Feelings
Even though we can try and change our mindset and attitude, we can’t actually prevent feelings or turn them off in the blink of an eye.
“You feel how you feel, and your feelings are real.” – Sven
It’s one thing to try to challenge negative emotions.
But it’s quite another to ignore them and pretend they don’t exist.
If you’ve been feeling sad or disappointed over not being able to spend the holidays with loved ones in person, that is completely okay.
Never be ashamed of how you feel. We all experience negative emotions and it’s completely normal.
Acceptance + Compassion
We get it. Accepting a negative event isn’t always easy, but it is possible.
Practicing self-compassion may not be able to eliminate pain, but it can build resilience and boost optimism.
Looking For The Silver Lining
Several studies show that it can be beneficial to look for silver linings during difficult situations.
Here are a few silver linings of having small a Christmas this year…
1) You won’t have to spend hours on end cooking and cleaning.
2) You can spend quality one on one time with your immediate family.
3) You can create new traditions.
As we stated earlier, there are plenty of things in life we can’t change. But we can change the stories we tell ourselves and look at things differently.
From our family to yours, we’d like to wish you all a very Happy Holidays!