Thanksgiving is a time to appreciate the blessings in our lives.
At Renewal House, we have much to be grateful for this year. Our gratitude begins with you! With your support, we have assisted more than 65 families in their journey toward a new beginning, free of the trauma and chaos of addiction. In appreciation, we would like to share tips from our Dialectical Behavior Therapy program to ensure your family enjoys a happy and safe holiday season:
Aim for less stress rather than no stress. The spirit of the holidays can quickly fade amongst exceedingly long to-do lists and desires to create the perfect, stress-free holiday. To maintain the joyful spirit, set realistic expectations and attainable goals. Also, schedule time between errands and gatherings to rest and relax. If that moment includes a cup of hot cocoa, even better!
Be in the moment, completely. The best way to be present in the moment is to use your senses. Take in the smell of a pie baking or holiday-scented candle burning. Watch the lights blinking on a tree or their reflection in a beautiful package. Notice the way a soft blanket feels or the harmonic sound of family-chatter at the dinner table. Taking in these little things can make a big difference in how you experience the rush of activities in the holiday season.
Live gratefully. The holidays can evoke lots of emotions around what we should have, should buy, and should give. Find time to count your blessings and recognize that while you many not have all that you want, you have all that you need. Also, remember that spending time with your family of choice is more important than spending money.
From our collective family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!