If you’re in the middle of a move or you just moved into your new home, the holiday season is probably the last thing on your mind. With the stress of transitioning, it can really be difficult to enjoy the season. A thankful heart is always good medicine if you’re feeling overwhelmed or disconnected from your new home or family. Here are some fun ways to re-focus and enjoy this time.
Start a Gratitude Journal
Maybe start on November 1 and before bed – list five things that you’re grateful for. If the list gets longer than that, don’t hold yourself back. At the end of the day, it’s a good practice to end the day focusing on the things we DO have, not the things we DON’T.
It’s one thing to recognize the good things in our life, it’s another to recognize the good people. Think about keeping blank cards on your kitchen counter with the goal of writing 5 thank you cards in November. If you’re looking for opportunities to encourage people, they will come.
Ask the question, “what are you grateful for?” – you can ask it during dinner or before bedtime. Write your families answers on a slip of paper and collect them in a jar. After you gather enough – either on Thanksgiving or even on New Years day – it’s fun to open them and read them together.
Being connected to technology all of the time doesn’t allow us to really experience the moments in our lives. We are distracted and multi-tasking almost constantly. Having an unhealthy balance of this can lead to things like anxiety and depression. Make time to totally disconnect from electronics during your day and focus on the goodness of conversation and connecting with people in real life.
We hope these ideas will help you to get settled into your new life and really experience the holidays in a new way. This year will be different, but different isn’t always a bad thing – it may be time to make new traditions. Enjoy the adventure.