- Self-awareness is key to achieving harmony.
- Journaling during the holidays can help one achieve harmony.
- Self-care is an important aspect of achieving harmony during stressful times.
For many people, the holiday season can present some unwanted challenges. In addition to the normal stresses of holiday shopping, celebratory events, and gathering with friends and relatives, it’s also a time when we’re reminded of loved ones who have passed away. For one reason or another, many people are triggered.
The Importance of Harmony
The trick to navigating this time of year is to create a sense of harmony in our lives. According to Mark E. Williams (2016), “Harmony means being in a position of compatibility, usefulness, and benefit to other things.” Harmony cannot be forced, but when you are harmonious, it is contagious to those around you. Having a harmonious life means maintaining good work and personal and social balance. It’s also about being self-aware, setting realistic goals, and knowing what your priorities and values are. A study published in Frontiers in Psychology (Carreno et al., 2021) suggests that inner harmony is an essential facet of well-being, particularly in adverse situations, whether a global pandemic or dealing with the stress of the holidays.
Harmony may be achieved through regular self-care practices, such as exercising, walking, reading, and, of course, writing — whether it’s journaling or writing poems, essays, or stories.
To achieve a greater sense of harmony, you might also consider creating a mantra or an intention to focus on during the holiday season. This could also be a few words that resonate with you, quotes written by others, or inspirational sayings that are reminders to stay grounded and keep your mind calm. A mantra can be thought of as a seed that you plant into your mind to settle yourself. You might consider posting this mantra or intention somewhere you frequently pass in your home, such as the kitchen, on your computer, or bathroom mirror.