Shifting Your Mindset to Embrace Change
Although it has seemed like we have woken up to a new world every single day since March, there is no denying that the upcoming holiday season is going to be difficult for a lot of people. Almost all of us have experienced some form of loss at some point in the past 8 months. Some have been more fortunate than others, but this doesn’t make light of the different degrees of pain that people have been experiencing. On top of the pandemic, and the unprecedented election season; the upcoming holidays may only add to the daily negative emotions we are all feeling. I mean, things are probably going to look a lot different this year.
Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Diwali; there are going to be changes. So, how can we make things a little bit easier for ourselves and our emotional wellbeing? Change is hard and there is no denying that, but by shifting our mindsets, embracing changes this year might become just a little bit easier. To help shift your mindset to embrace change, check out these tips below:
Set a goal: Setting goals for yourself can be long-term or short-term. In this case, set a small goal for yourself each morning to complete before the end of the day. More specifically, set a goal to accomplish doing something that makes you laugh, or feel good, or smile, dance, and love life for a few short precious moments. This can be shutting off the world around you and dancing to your favorite song. Or going for a walk. Or even coloring in one of those adult coloring books if that’s your thing. Just do one thing that makes you feel alive.
Get creative: Go to your people, and brainstorm a list of fun activities you can do to make the holidays a little more joyous. You can coordinate a Zoom party with a virtual escape room, or have a watch party, or just have a chat session if you don’t live with your people. If you are fortunate enough to live with your people; plan a tech-free night and play games and do the things that make your inner child giddy!
Reflect: You know those precious moments right before you fall asleep at the end of a long day? Take some of that time and use it to reflect on your day. Just think of three things that happened that day that made you happy. Maybe you saw a really funny video on twitter, or your dog did that thing that always makes your heart sing, or you just had a really yummy cup of coffee. These things can be big or small, as long as they made you happy; that is all that matters.
This is by no means the perfect solution to create the perfect holiday season for yourself and others, but it can certainly help take away just a little bit of pain. By shifting your mindset to embrace change, you can start to see the good again. Something we all need to see a little more of. If you are worried about yourself or a loved one, reach out for help. UNH community members can call PACS at (603) 862-2090. If you are not a UNH community member, contact the national crisis line at (800) 273-8255.