Tis the season for making lists of gifts to buy, people to see, and events to attend but those lists aren’t the most important list you can make this season.
The most important list you can make this season I like to call the JOY list and it can save you from all sorts of roller coaster emotions this holiday season, or any season really.
A few months ago I called one of my best friends on one of those days that just seemed a bit gloomy for no reason. I explained to her that I was feeling down but didn’t really have a reason to feel down and didn’t really know how to get myself out of it.
She told me that I need to make a list of ten things that I know I love to do and when I get into this mood force myself to go do at least one thing on the list.
She is one of those friends that you can call with any type of problem and she always finds a great solution. Gotta love those types of friends.
So I made my list. Grabbing a coffee, going for a walk, going for a run, talking to a friend, reading a book, watching a favorite movie. A full list of things that always lift my spirit a bit.
To be honest, even making the list helped a little.
But now when I start to feel that down feeling I open my phone and pick something off my list to go and do. It doesn’t solve all the problems that are pulling me down but it always gives me a reminder to take a little time out to enjoy something.
This is something you can do all year round but I think it’s a great tool to have at your fingertips over the holidays when your surrounded by pressure to buy the perfect gift, answer the life questions (Are you getting married? When are you having kids?) and spend time with all different types of people.
Hope my joy list can help everyone not let the anxieties of the holidays take over all the special moments to embrace and cherish.