The end of the year is a time of togetherness and reflection. As we spend time with family and friends, we often think back on what the year has brought us, and what we have to look forward to in the new year.
But with age, the holidays can sometimes trigger feelings of sadness and anger as we think about those no longer with us or health conditions that keep us from celebrating the same way we did in years past.
No matter your situation, there are ways for everyone to celebrate the season and get in the holiday spirit:
- Share stories and look through old photo albums. Telling younger generations about your past experiences can help bring families closer together and honor those who have passed.
- Be reasonable with your schedule. Don’t agree to attend too much if you think it will tire you. Conversely, if you’re feeling like you don’t have much planned for the holidays, consider volunteering to give back and surround yourself with like-minded people.
- Stick to your routines. With a lot going on, it’s easy to slip up on certain habits, but following your regular exercise program and eating healthfully (in moderation!) can help you continue to feel your best.
Keep in mind that the best way to spend the holidays is doing what feels right for you. Enjoy the season!