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Touch a Heart This Holiday

 

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion”- Dalai Lama

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Showing kindness not only to family members and friends but also to strangers is a sure way to enjoy your holiday. Sometimes to make the holiday truly memorable, you will need to do something different from what you’ve done in your past holidays.

Love is better expressed when it is directed at those who do not expect it from you.

Showing love to a spouse, sibling, friend or family member is a common act but then how often do we think about those who are not in any way related to us? How often do we show love to those in need? How often do we reach out to the old, the less privileged, the physically/ mentally challenged, the widowed and even those random individuals we see on the streets?

Do you really want to make this holiday worthwhile?

Then make an effort to meet a need in someone’s life this season

To achieve this, here is a very practical 10- Day plan to reach out to others!

DAY 1:

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Saying a word of affirmation can help you achieve this. Say things like “you are beautiful/ handsome”, “I love your smile” or “that’s a lovely dress/shirt you have on”. You can also achieve this by giving out a small note with a word of encouragement written on it.

DAY 2:

Buy a gift for a strangergifts

This act seems a little weird but it is an amazing way to surprise someone this holiday and spice up your holiday as well.

 

DAY 3:

Give out your good old clothes and other items to someone who needs themfree_clothes

Many of us form the habit of disposing our old stuffs when we no longer need them ignoring the fact that there are some people who cannot afford these items. This season, instead of discarding your good old stuffs, give it to someone who needs it. You’ll be glad you did.

DAY 4:

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Today, take out time to beautify the environment. Resolve not to litter the environment, take an extra step to clean up your surroundings, plant some flowers, decorate the environment etc. You never can tell how much the beauty of the environment would lighten someone’s heart.

DAY 5:

Spend time with an elderly person today!

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Look out for an elderly person in your environment and spend time with him/her. You can also help out with some house chores like taking out the trash, helping out with laundry, cooking a meal, mowing the lawn or you can even tell them a story.

DAY 6:

Be the reason a Child is happy todayhellping a child

The smile you leave on a child’s face today might just be what you need to make your holiday a memorable one this season. Pause and think! Device a means to make a child happy today and see how that makes you feel.

DAY 7:

Visit the Orphanageaids-orphan-children-africa-6

Visit the orphanage today. You may need to buy some gift items for the orphans if you wish to. You can also decide to engage them in fun stuffs like teaching them new songs, telling them stories, playing games and acting.

DAY 8:

Reach out to the sickmormon-caringforsick

Your encouragement would go a long way in the recovery process of a sick person today. Visit a hospital and give words of encouragement to the sick!

DAY 9:

Show concern for someone who is despondent

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Try to encourage someone who is down. Use both words and actions. Don’t just be sympathetic but as much as possible try to plant hope in the person.

DAY 10:

Be Nice

Be nice to everyone you meet today. Be polite- say please, excuse me, thank you, and I’m sorry as many times as possible. Be quick to forgive those who offend you and also quick to apologize to those you’ve wronged.

For more insightful updates on #TouchaHeartThisHoliday follow me on twitter @drmorayoJimoh

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Enjoying a Stress-Free Holiday

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Stress is a subject matter that concerns every individual because it affects both the young and the old alike. Stress is simply the body’s reaction to stimulus that can cause disequilibrium in our physical and mental functioning.

The irony of the December holiday season is such that amidst all the excitements of the festive season, lies somewhat latent stress provoking factors. This is because the activities associated with this season often brings about a lot of stress especially when we fail to take adequate measures to avoid it.

Before we go into ways to prevent/ manage stress this season, let’s pause and ask ourselves this question;

What causes stress in the holiday season?

Holiday stress is caused by so many factors. Here are some of them:

  1. UNPLANNED HOLIDAY: Many a times we start our holiday without having a plan of what we want to achieve in the season. We therefore find ourselves stumbling into every activity that suffices during the holiday season and soon we become overwhelmed and really stressed because of the inability to organize ourselves.
  1. MONEY:young woman worried at home in stress at living room accounting debt bills expenses with calculator feeling desperate on payments in bad financial situation conceptWithout doubt, the holiday season comes with so many expenses. In a bid to make the holiday worthwhile, parents may find themselves worrying about how to give their children a memorable holiday, young people are also likely to worry about fashion trends and fun places to visit. In addition, some business owners may worry about settling outstanding debts. All these expectations need financing and could be quite challenging.
  1. CHANGE: downloadChange can also bring about stress. Experiences such as the death of a loved one, divorce, marriage, childbirth, change in socio-economic status, new environment etc. can cause stress especially if it occurs during the holiday season. This is because some individuals tend to get anxious about change and might experience difficulty adjusting to new situations in their lives coupled with the potentially overwhelming nature of the festive season.

  4.  COMPETITION:

This holiday season is usually accompanied with lots of competition. Ranging from entertainers trying to hit the entertainment industry with their latest performances, companies trying to sell their products and different organizations trying to meet their target for the year. This could also cause stress for these group of people.

5.  LIFESTYLE: During the holiday season, people tend to get lazy and are unable to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Negative holiday lifestyles such as poor diet, little or no exercise, inadequate sleep etc can lead to stress.

Quick tips for enjoying a stress-free holiday

#1 Plan Ahead: One sure way of managing stress is by planning ahead. Planning helps you focus on what is really important. Don’t just plan also STICK TO IT. “Not sticking to your plan is the same as not having a plan”.  For more information on planning click Here.

#2 Avoid Comparison: Do not compare yourself with others or compare this holiday season with the ones you’ve had in the past. Be aware that every year is unique in its splendor and challenges. So quit comparing, be grateful, embrace the season and enjoy every bit of it!

#3 Don’t be stereotyped:  Having a holiday season filled with the same routine year in year out can become so boring and invariably cause stress. Change your routine this year- take a trip, volunteer in a community work, join a group, give to charity, etc. Just Do Something Different!

#4 Relax!: rf1 Do not become so overwhelmed by the activities in the season that you forget to relax. A regular breathing exercise is really helpful in relaxing the nerves and controlling stress. Also, take timeout to be alone and just relax. Have enough sleep and be sure that you are not overworking yourself. Delegating some responsibilities might be of help too.

#5 Meditate: man-with-eyes-closed-breathing-deeply

This is an excellent way to ease off stress. Meditation helps heal the body and mind therefore combating stress and enabling you achieve focus during the holiday season.

Remember this!

Your physical and mental well-being is not only important to you but also to your loved ones.

Staying healthy this season may be the best gift you can give to them!!

 

For more insightful updates on #EnoyingaStress-freeHoliday, follow me on twitter @drmorayoJimoh

 


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Planning a Memorable Holiday

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Hurray!!! It’s that special time of the year again. The end of the year that is associated with lots of activities and festivities. For some people, it is a time to reunite with family and friends, for some others, it is a time to reflect over the year and review set goals while for another group of people, it is a time to celebrate and be thankful for the year. No doubt, it can also prove to be quite challenging, whereby rather than enjoying the holiday, most of us end up getting stressed and are unable to cope during this season.

What are your plans/expectations for this holiday season?

Could it be to have just a “normal holiday” or a “memorable one”?

You can have a memorable one this year with the following helpful tips:

Tip # 1

Have a good plan

Having a good plan cannot be overemphasized during this holiday season and as the old saying goes “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail” Have a plan for EVERYTHING! (Food, shopping, trips, guests, decorations and other expenses) And remember to keep it REALISTIC too!

Tip # 2

 Stick to your plan!a1stick

Sticking to your plan will require a whole lot of discipline on your part. Stick to your budget and avoid emotional spending.

Tip # 3

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If you are not too good with planning or sticking to plans, you may benefit from getting help from a trusted friend, family member or trained professionals that can help create a memorable holiday for you.

Tip # 4

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Endeavor to keep copies of your plan in places where it is always visible to you like, your wallet, on your mirror, on the fridge, close the bed, on your door and every other place you are likely to look at several times during the day.

Tip # 5

Be mindfulmindfull-during-the-holidays-and-every-day

Mindfulness is moment to moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings and emotions in a non-judgmental way. It is a powerful tool that can help you throughout this holiday season from planning to achievement of every single item on your list. Take out time for yourself to practice mindfulness during this season and enjoy all the benefits. For more information about mindfulness meditation, kindly visit www.mobilehealthconsult.org

As you make your plans for this holiday season, ensure to have realistic expectations in order to avoid getting disappointed at the end. The above tips are certainly helpful to creating a memorable holiday for you and your loved ones.

Remember to follow me on twitter @drmorayojimoh for more interesting updates on #MemorableHoliday.