A Healthy Holiday Connection

As the year comes to a close many of us find ourselves on a tightrope somewhere between contentment and agitation. Let’s be honest, the real purpose of the holidays isn’t in the giving of gifts, but in the giving of your time (Click to Tweet). Choosing to share your time with others is special and sacred.

Then how can such a festive time of year have so many triggers? Triggers can leave you feeling disconnected from joy and utterly exhausted. This is the year to put holiday mealtime into perspective as you spread the cheer and glad tidings.

Here are 3 simple tips to help you create a healthier approach to all the festivities this season. These tips will give you peace of mind and maybe even create a little peace on earth!

Tip #1: Phone stack? Nope, it doesn’t really work, as I shared during my interview with Andy Cohen. Phone stacks keep your brain looped into focusing on emails that need to be answered and texts you may be missing. Not a great way to create a connection with another person.

Tip #2: Give friends and family the focus they deserve by face to face interaction. This means putting your devices away during meals together. Placing a phone on the table creates anxiety and the pressure that you’re too busy to share this time with others.

Tip #3: Vibrating isn’t the best solution…well, not with a phone. Shut your phone off, yes OFF when meeting with friends and family so you’re not tempted to check your device.

The most important focus of any event is the person or people right in front of you, not what’s on your devices (Click to Tweet). Step out of the fast paced frenzy of the season as you choose to disconnect from the distraction of your device and begin to enjoy a happier, healthier holiday season with others.

Thanks for consciously connecting, and we’ll be sending information on a special gift for the season very soon.

Join the discussion 8 Comments

  • Mary Corigliano says:

    This is SO perfect. Thank you for sharing, Holland! Looking forward to your next post.

  • Irene Gutmann says:

    You are 100% on target- I can’t agree with you more! If people follow these guidelines, we will all have a much more beautiful holiday season. God bless!

  • Josette says:

    Every year around Thanksgiving, I read “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein to my students. It has become a tradition. We talk about how the Tree’s love language was time. Love = time to a lot of people. It has been humbling to see students who were in Kindergarten and first introduced to the book have the most introspective thoughts on how to show love during the holiday season and every day. Thank you for carrying the torch to this important message. We are enjoying the holidays more by disconnecting from the noise and connecting to each other. Happy Holidays!

    • hollandhaiis says:

      Josette those students are so fortunate to have you in their corner. Thank you for sharing your story, giving your time and being a wonderful role model. Happy holidays to you as well.

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