Heading Into the Holiday Season with Gratitude

By Jill Ravae Scherr, Student at Academy of Art University

Before we know it, the holidays will be upon us, and hopefully, you'll be heading home to spend time with friends and family. For some of you, that will be a thrill — but for the rest of you, it can be quite stressful.

As corny as it may sound, being thankful for all you have in your life will keep you focused, grounded and well prepared to enter the holidays with style and grace. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

Keep a gratitude journal
If you enjoy journaling — or even if it's not for you — keeping a little book by your bed to remind yourself of all of the things you are grateful for helps you keep things in perspective and appreciate what you have. It may seem silly, but reminding yourself every day of the things you are grateful for help keeps you happier and more focused on the positive, which is great for your energy and overall well-being.

This is a great way to get out of your own head and problems and help brighten someone else's day. Believe me, nothing is more rewarding than helping someone else, and it's a win-win situation for both. Some great ways to do that would be to volunteer at a local animal shelter, senior citizen center or be a mentor to a well-deserving young kid … the possibilities are endless.

Treat yourself
Just because you're helping others doesn't mean that you can't dedicate a little time to pamper yourself! When you look good, you feel good, and you'll project that feeling to everyone around you and carry that with you throughout the holiday season. Read a book, buy yourself a little something or even have a DIY makeover night will your girls.

Be kind and humble
It sounds so cliche, but really just a simple hello, compliment or smile can lift someone's entire day. We are all in this crazy wonderful holiday bliss together, so why not help each other and make it as fun and joyful as it is supposed to be?

Happy holidays!

What are your tips/strategies that you use to help you survive the holiday season? Let me know in the comments!

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