by Mary Ellen Copeland, Ph.D

Here are some of the ideas others have shared with me that you can use to make this holiday the best that it can be:

  • Send cards and e-mails to family members and friends, even those you have not seen or heard from in a long time
  • Take a walk in a beautiful natural area
  • Have a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate with someone you care about
  • Read poems that you have enjoyed in the past
  • Reread traditional holiday stories
  • Listen to holiday music or music you enjoy
  • Buy a small gift for someone you love
  • Make a special gift for a good friend
  • Call someone you care about and tell them all the reasons you care about them
  • Attend a holiday event
  • Do something special for others who are having a hard time
  • Give away a sweater or a blanket to someone who needs it
  • Help out at a shelter or food bank
  • Visit someone at a nursing home, in the hospital, or who can’t get out
  • Play a game with a child
  • Make a list of your blessings
  • Think about and/or write about good times you have had
  • Look at pictures of people you love and places you have been
  • Cook yourself something special to eat and share it with a friend
  • Begin to develop your Wellness Recovery Action Plan
  • Revise your Wellness Recovery Action Plan
  • Add five Wellness tools to your Wellness Toolbox

Make a commitment to yourself to do some of these things.