Several years ago it dawned on me that my attitude towards the holiday season was only one of ‘survival.’ Before being treated for bipolar disorder, the Christmas season had been a time of ‘escalating mood’ with a ‘downward spiral’ in January. When my journey of recovery started, I began to view the holiday season as a time to ‘simply survive’ while closely managing my mood.
Mi lista de supervivencia incluía cosas como:
- no gastar de más
- no planear demasiado
- no comer en exceso
- don’t “people” yourself out.
Era una lista de "no". For many years that approach worked, but left me wondering if it sería posible disfrutar realmente de las vacaciones – en lugar de sobrevivirlas.
Several years ago I decided to approach the holidays differently. Instead of seeing them only as a time to ‘survive,’ I decided I would find a way to disfrutarlas. them. And it works for me. For the past four to five years, I can honestly say that I have genuinely enjoyed Christmas!
Mi lista de ‘cómo disfrutar’ la Navidad aún incluye algunas cosas que no se deben hacer, pero también incluye una lista de ‘cosas por hacer,’ tales como:
- estar cerca de personas que disfruto
- saborear los dulces momentos; estar presente
- tomar tiempo para orar y reflexionar
To my surprise, the activity that has created the most enjoyment is making gifts for loved ones. This allows me a quiet creative time for fun and reflection. It’s my ‘creative play time, ’ and it brings me a lot of joy. It’s working for me again this year.
Will you be ‘surviving’ or ‘enjoying’ the coming holidays? What are some things you do or could do to bring about more enjoyment into your holiday season? What works for you?