4 Positive Affirmations for the Holiday Season

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January 29, 2024

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The holidays are a joyous occasion for most, but that doesn’t mean this time of year is without stressors. Perhaps you dread the gift-giving process, are worried about seeing extended family you don’t get along with, or fear running into people from your past who’ve brought you pain or discomfort. All of this is completely normal. While the holiday season can be a stressful time, there are steps we can take to keep ourselves in a healthy mindset and make it through the holidays unscathed. Here are 4 positive affirmations to keep in mind this winter.

“Good gifts come from the heart, not the wallet.”

It’s easy to get discouraged when you don’t have the money for expensive gifts, but remember that some of the best gifts are free. It truly is the thought that counts, and your family and friends will be blown away by a gift that requires more thought than money. Think of their interests and your past shared memories together, and get them something meaningful and from the heart. Think of things you can make as well, such as paintings or a nice framed photo. They’ll appreciate the meaning behind this gift more than something they could buy on their own.

“Everyone is on their own journey.”

When we see people we haven’t seen in a while, like an old friend from high school who just got engaged or a cousin who just got a promotion at work, it’s easy to feel bad about ourselves in comparison. Don’t do this. Everyone is on their own journey at their own pace, and no one’s journey is better or worse than anyone else’s – they’re just different. Be patient, wait for good things to come your way, and don’t make comparisons in the meantime.

“Being empathetic is more productive than being right.”

When you’re facing the inevitable confrontation with people who don’t share your worldviews, it’s important to remember that being right isn’t everything, and tempers flare more when we refuse to see the other side of the situation. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t speak your mind and defend yourself, but when the conversation starts to go in circles or the tension starts to rise, consider stepping back and asking yourself why this person might feel the way they do about the topic being discussed. Lead with empathy and an eagerness to understand, and drop the need to be right or prove a point. Only through empathy can we converse productively with one another.

“Everyone is doing their best.”

People often let their insecurities get the better of them, which leads to confrontational behavior. Remind yourself that at the end of the day, everyone is doing the best they can, just like you. While they might not be handling the stressors going on in their lives in a way that’s rational to you, they’re not necessarily doing it to cause problems. Everyone is trying their hardest to get through the day just like you are, which is important to keep in mind before passing judgment or making that process more difficult for them.

 

With these 4 positive affirmations, you can be equipped to approach the holidays with a healthy and gentle mindset. Try reciting them in front of the mirror while taking deep breaths to help these mantras really set in. You can check out this blog about mirror gazing for some helpful tips. Above all, remember to be kind to yourself this Christmas season. And happy holidays from the Kosmonia team!

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