Staying Sane during the Holidays

Holidays can be a hectic, stressful time of the year when it seems there is not enough time in the day. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. I thought it would be fun to share insight here with my favorite group of people…you!

Start a movie tradition. Traditions are what the holiday season is made of. Every year holiday movies abound. Choose one you haven’t seen and set time aside to watch it with friends and/or family. Rate the movie as being a one-time entertainment value or an annual event. There’s something about seeing “White Christmas”, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street” that just soothes the soul. And, I’m talking about the traditional, original movies here. None of the makeovers offer a respectable comparison, in my opinion. The black-and-white version of “Wonderful Life” is just not the same as the modernized colorized version. In fact, none of the makeovers offer a respectable comparison to the original film.

Share music. Music soothes the soul and rejuvenates the spirit for everyone, young and old alike. This time of the year, especially, there are so many holiday-oriented tunes around that you are bound to find something you like. Play holiday music in the background as you decorate, bake cookies and/or relax at the end of a trying day. Listen to holiday music while doing your tkr recuperation exercises. Go to a live concert. Many local high school bands would love to have you as an audience member. Or, play holiday tunes with your own musical instrument. Depending upon how far along you are during your tkr recuperation, it could take the edge off for a short while. You can also watch a televised holiday concert broadcast to take your mind off everyday hassles.

These are just a couple of things I thought of that are worth sharing. You may be going through a rough ordeal now, but music and starting a holiday tradition can certainly put you in a different frame of mind.


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