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What do you do when Christmas is hard...?
We need look no further than our Self-Care of the Soul group on Facebook to know that Christmas isn't all glowing fairy lights and happy families for everyone. Christmases without loved ones who have passed, Christmases separated from children due to family breakdown, Christmases where there's worry over illness or jobs or money...
And all around us we're bombarded with sparkly ads and picture-perfect holiday movies that seem magical when your life's on track, but can amplify your feelings if things are tough.
How can you have yourself a merry little Christmas if circumstances appear to be conspiring against you?
Here are a few ideas...
Some years, it's just different... you simply don't feel like celebrating Christmas. You may have been through some recent trauma, or perhaps you simply don't have the finances to splurge on gifts for one and all...
But when you sift through the grief or worry, there's usually still something lovely to be found. Maybe it's a sweet gesture from a neighbour. Perhaps it's a special memory, or a gorgeous conversation about Christmases past. Or maybe you're not going 'all out' this year, but you're able to get savvy with a 'less is more' theme. When Christmas is hard, look for the beautiful, even when things aren't easy...
It might be a Michael Buble song, but it's also a great concept. Write a list of changes you'd love to see in the world—starting at home and working outwards. Decide to be the change you want to see in 2016.
Time to yourself. Time to heal. Time to grow. Time to recover. Ask yourself what you really, truly, deeply need... and within the boundaries of what is possible, try to fulfil your own needs. Need some quiet time? Make it. Need to be with family and friends? Call them. Mend some bridges. Do some important forgiveness work... whatever your soul feels called to do... do THAT.
Lastly, spend some moments gazing at the first full Christmas moon in 38 years... and the last until 2034. What a special gift!
ps. Our beautiful Soulwoman Life Planners for 2016 are now available. Oh - they are gorgeous! You can find out more here.
If you enjoyed this post, take a look at our collection of best Christmas quotes.
From Awaken to Love....
Amazon Best-selling Author
First Prize Winner:
"most impressive, most marketable title..."
~ Chosen by Hay House Team, including President and CEO Reid Tracy
Mia Rose with Deepak Chopra at the Hay House Writer's Workshop, Melbourne 2013.
"Dr. Mia has created a compelling work that explores loving relationships in a whole new light. She leads the reader to explore the most tender and intimate aspects of loving relationships using her mastery as a professional therapist with a twist - she shares from her heart! The power, warmth and beauty of her personal experience connect with the reader in ways most books on relationships never will!" ~ Mark E. Hundley, Licensed Professional Counselor and Author of Awaken to Good Mourning.
"Mia Rose is a modern day master in the art of LOVE and personal relationships. Her compelling story of her own transformation and the wisdom she shares in Awaken to Love is food for the soul and wisdom for anyone who has ever been in love." ~ Ariaa Jaeger, Spiritual Life Strategist, Philosopher, Author of Ariaaisms ~ Spiritual Food for the Soul, AriaaQuotes and The Book of Ariaa