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Article by Irene Rose

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A wholistic, integrative approach to counselling and psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families. Helping you on the journey of your life... Hampton East 3188

The holiday season is soon approaching. You may be looking forward to social occasions or a holiday, catching up with family and friends, relaxing and having fun. If that's the case, this is wonderful, enjoy! For some of you, the holiday season may feel lonely or sad. You may not have somewhere nice to go, or you may be missing a loved one who was part of your Christmas. For others, there may be plenty of gatherings, but you may not enjoy them due to difficult relationships, unresolved hurts, or just feeling out of it. In a desire to fill the loneliness, an attempt may be made to go out and be with others, thinking that this is better than sitting at home on your own. This may have a positive outcome of providing a social outlet and some company. However, if a connection with others is not evident or possible, this may intensify your feelings of loneliness and disconnection. For some there are so many family demands and obligations. Christmas lunch at the parents house with the nasty sister on one side of town, followed by Christmas dinner with the in-laws on the other side of town with that obnoxious brother-in-law. Amongst all that activity, it may be difficult to get in touch with what you actually enjoy and want for yourself. You may be going through the motions without much joy. All the scenarios the I have mentioned are possible and happen for many people. These are all part of the broad array of people's experiences.

 

If you are feeling lonely, sad or discontented, know that you are not alone. Try to engage in enjoyable and soothing activities for yourself. Here are some suggestions:

  • Have a nice meal or treat
  • Buy yourself a present - not something that you need, but something that you want 
  • Arrange to spend some time with someone that you like
  • See a movie or DVD that you like
  • Listen to your favourite music, or purchase something that you like but don't have
  • Participate in something physically active like a sport or exercise
  • Read a book or magazine that interests you
  • Have a beauty treatment like a facial, manicure or hairstyle
  • Do something just for fun like play a game, sing or dance
  • Spend time in nature
  • Get in touch with your creative self - write, draw, paint, sew, knit, do crafts, cook, play a musical instrument
  • Meditate
  • For those of you that have had therapy with me and know how to do this:
    • Tap, do your corrections
    • Go to your inner safe place
    • Recall your inner positive recourses

These are all commonsense ideas that are not new, but do you actually do them? Try doing one of the above suggestions, or your own, once a day.

 

30 Jan 2011

Article/Information supplied by Irene Rose

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.

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