by Char Brooks, J.D.
The holidays can be a great time to get together with family and friends. At the same time, it can be stressful if you are struggling financially or feeling overwhelmed.
Here are some simple tips to help you enjoy your holidays more and have less stress:
- Get Your Sleep: It is hard to enjoy the holidays if you’re exhausted. Even though it can be tempting to over-extend yourself, consider how great you feel with a good night’s sleep!
- Find Time To Exercise: The weather in Michigan has been unusually warm and spending time outside may be an enjoyable way to be with friends and family while being physically active
- Be Practical: Think about what you really enjoy about the holidays. If you need help doing it, ask for it. Most people are happy to help you enjoy what’s most important to you.
- Show Your Gratitude: The holidays can also be stressful financially. There is nothing more satisfying than offering to spend time with family or friends after the holiday when there is less commotion, or writing a heartfelt card or a homemade gift. These gifts of time and thoughtfulness are the perfect solution to financial overwhelm.
- Enjoy Yourself: If you’ve experienced some unsettling changes this year, the holiday may feel different this year. It’s understandable that you may feel nostalgic. Consider changing your holiday routine by doing something differently than you have in years past.
Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!
Char Brooks is a Community Garden Facilitator and Attorney at Elder Law of Michigan, and has been a member of the ELM team since August 2012.
Char holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Michigan State University, and graduated with her Juris Doctor in 1980 from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Before joining the Elder Law of Michigan team, she served as an Attorney with Michigan Hospital Association representing 140 hospitals throughout the state of Michigan in unemployment compensation cases.
As a Community Garden Facilitator, Char teaches Gardening with Older Adults for Health and Nutrition which helps seniors increase their fruits, vegetables and exercise while spending less money on products. As an Attorney, Char has written blog posts and created legal brochures on matters affecting Michigan Seniors.