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Holidays & Celebrations: What helps to stay positive?

Posted by @parus, Dec 6, 2017

I have been in the community for a while and have read many comments. I am curious as to what helps others when it comes to the Holidays. I enjoy baking for others, decorating my houseplants with Christmas lights, making things for others and designing my own Christmas cards. A few of the things I enjoy this time of the year.
The largest obstacle can be maintaining a positive attitude due to physical/emotional limitations. I have found encouragement, support and helpful information here at Mayo Connect.

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Hello, @parus. Thought your topic was just great, and timely.

Wondering what you might think about our changing the subject of your thread? Some suggestions would be:
Holidays & Celebrations: What helps to stay positive?
Holidays and celebrations: What helps?

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@lisalucier Not a problem…please do so. Either one works for this member. This is not my forte.

@parus I missed your original post, but what was the title before the change was announced? You can private message me if you like.

@gman007 I titled it, “What Helps”? Rather vague and still may not have posted in the correct category-trying to touch all of the categories or some such.

@parus

@gman007 I titled it, “What Helps”? Rather vague and still may not have posted in the correct category-trying to touch all of the categories or some such.

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Hey, Gary @gman007 — Yes, like @parus said, the original title was “What Helps?” @parus and I decided to make the title a little more descriptive and specific to the holidays to bring other members into the conversation. Parus’ original message remains unchanged. To see her original post, please click VIEW & REPLY in the email notification and scroll to the top of the discussion.

Look forward to getting your thoughts about the holidays and managing attitude, moods and emotions.

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Since I easily get distracted by a big comfy chair in a dark room, I try to think of traditions I had or would like to start. A few years ago we started building ginger bread houses every year, nothing to extravagant, just fun for kiddos. I missed my traditional tree up the first weekend of December, but I’m getting it done tomorrow. I also like to invite others so I can’t just procrastinate and sit around all day doing nothing. Like tomorrow my oldest daughter and her new Hubby are coming over to help decorate and hang out. I think that is my secret, invite others, then you are held to it.

Suggest TED Talk done on audio-only program called, “Sincerely X”. You can get this free of charge through, the “Audible” AP. Episode #8 is called Mood Changer.

I do not have room to entertain so I do goody bags for the places where I shop the most. It is rewarding to see how these hard-working folks are surprised. I also play secret elf and it is so much fun!!! I bake and put music on. Remaining positive is so very important for any of us with depression and chronic pain. I cannot always get the things completed I would like to and this is okay. I do have my ups and downs altho I am not bipolar. Dark and negative thoughts worsen physical and emotional pain. Baking and doing art for others as I can keeps me moving more. By afternoon I go caput. Yup, it is afternoon. Do hope those here are doing the best they know how.

Hello @parus

I just love the “secret elf” idea! What a great way to lift your mood and show appreciation. Thanks for sharing these thoughts with us. I’m getting ready to make some holiday breads – I’ll bake them in the small foil loaf pans – and then deliver them to other tenants in my building before Christmas with a card. I think I will follow your lead and put on some Christmas music in the background!

Teresa

@hopeful33250 I enjoy the groups Home Free and Anthem Lights. Do the older seasonal music-mood lifting! Happy baking.

@parus

I do not have room to entertain so I do goody bags for the places where I shop the most. It is rewarding to see how these hard-working folks are surprised. I also play secret elf and it is so much fun!!! I bake and put music on. Remaining positive is so very important for any of us with depression and chronic pain. I cannot always get the things completed I would like to and this is okay. I do have my ups and downs altho I am not bipolar. Dark and negative thoughts worsen physical and emotional pain. Baking and doing art for others as I can keeps me moving more. By afternoon I go caput. Yup, it is afternoon. Do hope those here are doing the best they know how.

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Love also the Elf concept…I am experienced in receiving that in the last month. Still am not aware of who or how gave me a scheduled tour of the White House from the date of my birthday until the date of my husband’s death 3 years ago. And, they want to know the name of the guest I am bringing? Like to thank them and this invitation came to me on a down afternoon? Love it, and don’t know who? Also, I make scarves, shawls for people. This year I am late, not finished. Got to give up the GUILT and get all done by New Year’s! Always a good idea to get rid of guilt…doesn’t get scarves done, delays them. Thanks, giving is filled with so much Joy and we need to be able to received also.

I left cookies for one of the new residents and a note was left on the main door thanking the “secret elf”. How nice! A small thing that helped boost my Christmas spirit that had started to wane a bit. Little things mean a lot 🙂

@parus

I left cookies for one of the new residents and a note was left on the main door thanking the “secret elf”. How nice! A small thing that helped boost my Christmas spirit that had started to wane a bit. Little things mean a lot 🙂

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That is awesome, @parus. Sounds like you really blessed someone!

@parus

I left cookies for one of the new residents and a note was left on the main door thanking the “secret elf”. How nice! A small thing that helped boost my Christmas spirit that had started to wane a bit. Little things mean a lot 🙂

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You all are inspiring me…got to get going being an Elf. It’s colder in D.C. right now, people need sweaters, blankets. Good to “Elf” closets today!

@AgentDarien and @parus

It sounds like the secret Elf idea is growing and taking root right in our midst!

Teresa

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