I Do Things That Bring Me Joy
No matter how small. That means that I always make time to wander my neighborhood with hot cocoa in hand and check out the lights. I watch Love, Actually the weekend after Thanksgiving. I go to my parents' house and help decorate the tree with my nephews and eat pizza as a family. On Christmas Eve, my partner and I exchange new PJs and a book to read, and we eat a delicious cheese plate. I go shopping with one of my best friends the first weekend in December and order as much as I can online. None of these things are terribly exciting, but they make the holidays fun and positive for me.
I've learned over the years that there is no right or wrong way to enjoy the holidays. Before the season gets too far underway, I would encourage you to sit down and figure out what will make you feel best this season, and then do exactly that. Your mental health is far more important than any social obligation or celebration, and you have the power to make this holiday season a beautiful time where you have fun and take care of yourself.