Holy moly the holiday season is upon us! Thanksgiving is less than a week away and Christmas tunes have been blaring at us in stores for weeks. Didn’t summer just end?
I know I’m about to sound like an old curmudgeon here, but, when I was a kid there was nary a holiday song to be found, or Christmas display to be spied until AFTER Thanksgiving. When in the heck did everything become so rush rush? When did we start skipping from Labor Day to Christmas without pausing to enjoy the beauty of fall harvests, Halloween and Thanksgiving? I think the marketing machine behind the acceleration of the holiday season needs a massive dose of Impatiens – STAT!
Anyway, I don’t know about you, but I struggle with the winter holidays. Don’t get me wrong, I love candy canes and mistletoe as much as the next person. But, ever since I became a mama I’ve been searching for ways to imbue the season with more meaning; to reach beyond the gifts and the sparkle and find something deeper. It’s so easy to get caught up in the glitzy trappings of the holidays without ever really embracing the spirit of the season.
So, every year at this time I embark on the same epic task of trying to uncover what the season really means to me and to put my own personal stamp on it. I try to shut out commercialization as much as possible and surround myself with the simple joys of the season – spending time with loved ones, creating gifts to give and enjoying the beauty of the changing season outside my front door.
Despite these efforts however, I usually just end up feeling a lot like Charlie Brown lamenting to Linus that he just doesn’t “get Christmas” and always ends up feeling depressed.
What Charlie Brown and I both need – and you, too if you’re relating to this at all – is a dose of the Bach flower essence Mustard – the go to flower for times when you’re feeling depressed, and it seems as if a dark cloud is hanging overhead for no tangible reason.
Dr. Bach said that Mustard, “dispels gloom and brings joy into life.”
I say, bring on the joy!
As an added bonus, Mustard is also fantastic for those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, if you find yourself in a funk that you just can’t seem to shake, Mustard can help to bring some sunshine back to your life and put some pep back in your step.
Obviously depression is just one of many super charged emotions that the winter holidays can bring on. Over the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing my favorite Bach flower essences for surviving and thriving during the holiday season; tackling feelings of irritation, overwhelm, nostalgia and more, that threaten to take the joy out of jolly and leave you feeling like a cross between the Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge.
But for now, if you’re struggling with feelings of depression at this time of year, and you just can’t place a finger on why, or you’re challenged by symptoms of SAD, add two drops of Mustard to your eggnog and see if you can’t regain some holiday cheer, or at least find a new perspective on what the holidays really mean to you.