The holidays are here! Are you ready both mentally and physically to ramp up? If not, take off your boots, grab a warm cup of your favorite coffee, and take a break to read further. For many people, the holidays bring up varying emotions that can easily make one wallow in sadness by remembering those that have passed on. Let us open our hearts in a new manner: it is also essential to add a pinch of laughter, as we reflect on the great times spent with our loved ones. In many cultures, it is common for people to reminisce with a splash of relief, as all suffering has ended, and eternal peace takes over.
What if we had a different mindset to help curb the sadness by focusing on the wonderful memories that will only put a smile on our faces? Helping others is a great way to forget our own problems and help spread goodness in our community.
What about opening your home to a new pet this coming year? Love comes in many sizes and shapes. Be creative and adopt a pet that may not fit the image of what you may initially had in mind. There are so many children that could benefit from a visit at their residential care facility or hospital wing. Bring them what they cannot give themselves.
Lastly, take a risk and repair a friendship with an old friend, or do something brave (such as ice skating, especially if you are over the age of 50!). Spread your inner peace and joy as far and wide as possible. One day, you will see it make a full circle.
Christine Cantilena Barnes
A licensed clinical mental health counselor, Christine has been a part of Atlanta’s professional community for over 25 years.