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Thriving for the Holidays

Sur-Thriving Strategies by Sign


Thriving for the Holidays

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The holidays are a mixed party bag for a lot of people. Plan ahead with strategies to maximize the fun and minimize the non-fun.

Look to the Moon

Your Moon sign is your emotional comfort zone, and how you react under stress.  The tips here make sense too, with your Moon sign in mind.

  • You get moody when you're "sitting around," so make a visit with relatives short and sweet.
  • Take your bike with you, and escape to explore.
  • If you're visiting relatives, check out a local novelty attraction.
  • Bring mental stimulation for downtimes, like something you've always wanted to read.
  • Be a champion and volunteer at a soup kitchen.
  • Take along challenging games like chess, backgammon, cards.
  • Go to the gym where you are, and work out!
  • Try preparing a dish with unusual spices.
  • Explore the landscape where you are, by getting lost in the woods.
  • Take many long afternoon naps.
  • Schedule a holiday massage.
  • Experiment with aromas, and use candles to set a warm mood.
  • Make sure you get lots of hugs from the right people.
  • Be careful not to overeat. Take smaller portions of everything.
  • Tweet and update your status on Facebook with witty observations about your crazy family.
  • Stock up on reading material, especially stimulating magazines.
  • Watch your nerves...don't overdo it on the caffeine and other stimulants.
  • Send "postcards from the edge" with witty observations of familial quirks.
  • Have in place a long distance phone buddy (or phone tree).
  • See if you can lead repressed relatives into conversations on bizarre topics.
  • Spend time collecting family memories from the old timers.
  • Try lavender and healing oils for a soothing bath.
  • Start a new holiday tradition that makes your eyes water.
  • Look up an old friend and catch up.
  • Try keeping a gathering small -- for you, more is not always the merrier.
  • Listen to the soothing sounds of the ocean, or travel on or near water.
  • Have on hand a few party outfits that you feel hot in.
  • One warm colored scarf or hat brightens your look.
  • Use candles to set the mood.
  • Keep it playful, and look to the kids for inspiration.
  • Encourage the creativity in others, and make time for your own.
  • Make or buy little tokens for each person -- unexpected gifts start things off on a high note.
  • Try to remember a favorite holiday treat or activity as a kid, and do that.
  • Make sure you stick to your healthy routine, with plenty of 'me' time.
  • Purify at the holidays, in the sauna and by drinking lots of water and cleansing warm teas.
  • Be generous (and stay positive) with your ideas for family self-improvement.
  • Find ways to keep it organic and simple.
  • Make holiday presents instead of buying them this year.
  • Watch your nerves: go on long walks alone, retire early for solitude.
  • Develop a signature holiday aesthetic for this season.
  • Be curious and resolve to listen to others.
  • Consider co-hosting a holiday bash with someone whose company you enjoy.
  • Share your gifts for mediation, but don't pressure yourself to re-build fragile alliances in the family.
  • Seek out holiday music or decorations that lift your spirits, and appeal to your discrimination tastes.
  • Brief, meaningful visits with relatives keep things from getting ugly.
  • Make sure you've got your own space to retreat to.
  • Think twice before reconnecting with that sexy girl or boy next door.
  • Don't stir up trouble that isn't there -- keep the holidays light and gay.
  • Try not to take anything too personally...family is there to push your buttons!
  • Get lots of rest and eat foods that make you feel healthy.
  • Take breaks from the house to move it, move it....and let everyone know you're "in training."
  • Opt for a travel adventure over the holidays.
  • Some holiday interpretive dancing (privately or with an audience) could lift your spirits.
  • Surround yourself with funny things, maybe having a comedy film festival with friends.
  • Try having an exotic-themed holiday, with food from another culture.
  • Keep a pile of intellectually stimulating books on hand.
  • Research an ancestral tradition, and make it uniquely your own.
  • Spend plenty of time resting, drawing nourishment from your season of hibernation.
  • Draw out family history from relatives, and follow it up with readings on the era/place/culture.
  • Try your hand at an heirloom holiday recipe.
  • Take a true break from work, and just revel in the holiday spirit.
  • Try corralling friends or family to volunteer as a group for a local charity.
  • Bring along an obsession to occupy your mind, and escape with.
  • Revel in being the "odd one" in the bunch.
  • Scare away sentimental relatives by saying something shocking.
  • Have a very experimental holiday, with unusual or futuristic themes.
  • Bring plenty of reading material and your laptop.
  • Bring some new imagination candy along for nourishment, such as movies, books on audio, and music.
  • In very negative situations, burn some sage to discreetly clean bad vibes from your aura.
  • When the familial cacophony is too much, go for a long walk in nature.
  • Try carrying a healing stone like rose quartz or kyanite in your pocket.
  • Keep reminding yourself -- you're not responsible for the happiness of others.
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