Well here it is again, the most wonderful, magical, stressful, busy time of year. Personally I love the holidays. I love seeing family and I love the holiday traditions. I also love that holiday music is easy to sing loud! I love the excitement of my kids, the school concerts and the streets full of colourful lights.
I also feel a little sad this time of year and I’m pretty sure that is common. It is the time of year that many people feel extra stresses, pressures and many feel lonely. I am very grateful to have a full and happy life and some of my sadness comes from knowing there are so many people that don’t live the happy life that I do. I also wish I could do big things to help those in need but sometimes the idea itself is so overwhelming I fall short on even the little things.
I have come up with a few ideas on how to take our yoga off our mats and do what we can, big or small to help those in need, or bring the community a little closer over the holidays.
First, there are food bank boxes everywhere! Take something to them, if every time you grocery shop you buy one extra item, it will add up. Even more fun take your food to the local Santa Claus Parade if your town has one, and donate there, then enjoy the parade.
Support local craft fairs and events that are sending money to help those in need. They have done all the work for you and most of the time you just need to show up and maybe buy some of your Christmas gifts from them.
If you have a talent, I know you all do, share it. Sometimes taking your rock band (or simply your solo voice) or your cute puppy to the seniors centre can change a person.
Donate old clothes. Take your coats or socks to the homeless.
Smile at each other, easy enough but that one smile can make someone who is feeling lonely feel a part of something bigger. Really, proven fact.
Slow down and remember why you celebrate this holiday.
Practice Random acts of kindness. Hang a neighbours Christmas lights or do some winter yard work for them if you know they are unable.
There are many organizations that you can turn to. There is also the gift of you and your time, you don’t need to spend money to help those around you.
I would love to hear how you are spreading holiday love this year!