Around this time of year I tend to wake up with anxiety. I’m not exactly sure why, but I think it’s because of the high expectations for everything to be perfect around the holidays. My mind was going wild for about five minutes and then I thought, “Does any day ever go PERFECTLY?” There is a quote I like to read when I’m feeling anxious, “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” It reminds me that in this moment everything is just fine and I need to relax. Something is bound to happen everyday that we could say “ruined” it, but it all really just comes down to our perspective. Instead, we could always pick something from each day that would make us consider our day perfect. For example … Today is Thanksgiving! I’m going to be surrounded by family and food! Today is the day to focus on all that we have to be thankful for. I know I have plenty of reasons to be thankful!
I am alive. I have a dad that promised he would always be there for me and he keeps that promise every single day. I have the best family and support system. I still have the ability to do some things on my own and a service dog to help me with some things I can’t. I have a bed to sleep in and food to eat. The list could go on and on.
The holidays are a time to cherish the memories being made with loved ones and enjoying everything God has blessed us with. With everything going on around this time of year, it can be easy to lose focus of that. Christmas is coming up soon. Try not to stress over finding the perfect gift. Christmas is much more than that! I would like everyone to try to live in the present this holiday season. Don’t be anxious about what could happen tomorrow or the next day. Don’t stress about something that happened yesterday. Enjoy every perfectly imperfect day we are blessed with and remember the reason for the season.