Ep. 126 – The Top 5 Essentials to Maximize Your Holiday Joy

The holiday season often brings a rollercoaster of emotions – excitement about festive gatherings tainted by stress about expectations, expenses, and family dynamics. In this episode, Dr. Bryant shares five essentials to truly enjoy the holidays while nurturing your whole self. Follow these insights to infuse your season with meaning, strengthen bonds with those you love, find restorative moments of calm, and create memories that will warm your spirit all year long. The gift you give yourself this season is permission to make self-care and joy a priority – everything else will fall into place. [00:00 – 03:45] – Introduction

  • Reflecting on positives despite challenges like COVID

  • Setting stage for discussing holiday enjoyment essentials

[03:46 – 05:52] – Gratitude & Generosity

  • Express gratitude for life’s blessings and people around you

  • Give the gifts of your time, presence and resources to bless others

  • Generosity reflects the spirit of Christmas and God’s gift to the world

[05:52 – 06:50] – Connection & Boundaries

  • Invest time in family/friend relationships and communal gatherings

  • Say no to some commitments and plan personal downtime

  • Hard to enjoy what you don’t make time for

[06:51 – 08:59] – Renewal & Self Care

  • Make time for self-care activities that bring joy and restoration

  • Let go of trying to control everything; focus on being present

  • Main expectation: enjoying your time with loved ones



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