SPIRIT AND CHEER
Have you noticed the holiday themed lights, music, movies and commercials? They are everywhere! We are now in the midst of the holiday cheer. Have you considered why the holiday cheer can be positive? Why is creating holiday spirit helpful to us?
The magic of the holidays can feel exciting, especially when looking forward to special events and traditions. The holiday season brings bright lights, cheerful music, snowy days, and usually an influx of sweets and treats. Being around family and friends during this season can be great for boosting your mood. Sharing in traditional activities or experiencing new ones provides an opportunity to be mindful of positive emotion and behavior.
In DBT we use a skill called accumulating positives to create these types of pleasant events, which do not need to be complicated. For example, plan a night to cook or bake a festive dish that you enjoy. Play holiday music in your home. To further elicit positive emotions, decorate a room with lights, photos, and aromatic candles. This skill teaches us how to regulate our emotions by engaging in things that bring us joy. The goal is to generate positive emotions to experience consistent amusement, inspiration, interest and even hope!
We would love to hear how you get in “the spirit” during this time of year.
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