Holiday Self-Care Series: Explore Traditions

Is your holiday season more like the helliday season?

This series is a collection of tips to make the end of year times a bit less stressful, and a bit more joyful. To be sure, there's no cure-all solution. Or magic stress erasing trigger point. Sometimes we just need to get through as best we can.

But small steps and small moments matter. Hang in there.

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Traditions can be meaningful, socially significant, and spiritually and culturally beautiful things.

They can bind a community.

Connections to our past.

Binding agents in a family.

A way to explore ourselves.

They can also be a lot of tiresome work, or feel outdated and disconnected from our current lives and concerns.

And most so, they are what we make of them.

"Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as ... a fiddler on the roof!"

- Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof

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There are countless traditions to choose from. This season, uphold and cherish the traditions that bring you and your loved ones the most.




And, you don't have to do them all.

In an already stressful and time crunched time, don't feel like you have to be a Holiday Superhero - doing ALL the things in ALL the holidayish ways.

Just like with your commitments, be selective with your traditions. If you miss out on something this year, don't sweat it. It'll be there next year as well.


And guess what, we can even create our own.

The purpose of a tradition is to share knowledge, connect, and inspire.

If none of the usual holiday ones do that for you, do your own thing.

It doesn't so much matter so much WHAT it is, but HOW you do it. If it creates hope and joy, you're on the right track.

"Traditions are the guideposts driven deep in our subconscious minds. The most powerful ones are those we can't even describe, aren't even aware of."

- Ellen Goodman

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Holiday Self-Care Series

Holiday Self Care Series: ReThink Gifts Holiday Self Care Series: Limit Commitments Holiday Self Care Series: Explore Traditions Holiday Self Care Series: Up Your Game

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Hey there! My name's Raechel. I'm the author of The Bodies We Live In blog. I'm also a licensed massage therapist and owner of Massage Sci in Holland, Michigan.


In my free time, I enjoy writing about wellness; researching pain science; trying to grow things in my garden; being far too fond of semi-colons; and avid sci-fi nerding.