GratiTuesday – November 19th

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ Hello GratiTuesday. Came across a (somewhat blurry) video, “Be Thankful for What We Have” [], featuring motivational speaker and Australian Christian evangelist, Nicholas James Vujicic, addressing a group of high school students. He said something that really struck me. He said, “It’s a lie to think that you’re not good enough. It’s a lie to think that you’re not worth anything.” This truth is particularly poignant at this time of year. For many, the holiday season can be fraught by anxieties, loneliness and despair. I know. I have been there.

However, if you haven’t ‘been there’, or know someone who appears to have the ‘holiday blues’, consider exploring this WebMd article, “Holiday Depression and Stress.” [] In addition to describing potential causes, this article also provides a list of tips for coping with holiday stress and depression which, while seemingly obvious, are useful reminders for everyone. My favourite is number 17.

19 tips for coping with holiday stress and depression:
1. Make realistic expectations for the holiday season.
2. Set realistic goals for yourself.
3. Pace yourself. Do not take on more responsibilities than you can handle.
4. Make a list and prioritize the important activities. This can help make holiday tasks more manageable.
5. Be realistic about what you can and cannot do.
6. Do not put all your energy into just one day (i.e., Thanksgiving Day, New Year’s Eve). The holiday cheer can be spread from one holiday event to the next.
7. Live and enjoy the present.
8. Look to the future with optimism.
9. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment and sadness by comparing today with the good old days of the past.
10. If you are lonely, try volunteering some time to help others.
11. Find holiday activities that are free, such as looking at holiday decorations, going window shopping without buying, and watching the winter weather, whether it’s a snowflake or a raindrop.
12. Limit your drinking, since excessive drinking will only increase your feelings of depression.
13. Try something new. Celebrate the holidays in a new way.
14. Spend time with supportive and caring people.
15. Reach out and make new friends.
16. Make time to contact a long-lost friend or relative and spread some holiday cheer.
17. Make time for yourself!
18. Let others share the responsibilities of holiday tasks.
19. Keep track of your holiday spending. Overspending can lead to depression when the bills arrive after the holidays are over. Extra bills with little budget to pay them can lead to further stress and depression.

“It’s a lie to think that you’re not good enough. It’s a lie to think that you’re not worth anything.” ~ Nick Vujicic

As always, each Tuesday we invite one another to express one thing – in the comments field – for which you are grateful, and/or Share that sentiment as a post on your favorite social media site. It needn’t be lofty and can certainly reflect something we usually take for granted. I’ll go first… I AM so happy and grateful to know and value my inherent worthiness. Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: _______________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #NickVujicic #holidayblues

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