Staying Sane This Holiday Season By Helping Others
Will helping others help you stay sane during the holidays? Yes, there is, and we should strive to achieve it. Maybe you work in retail and this is when you have to put in your longest hours. Maybe you can’t afford to celebrate as “big” this year as you used to. Maybe you lost someone you love and this is your first holiday season without them. Don’t focus on what you can’t do; instead think about giving back.
As counterintuitive as it may seem, one of the best ways to combat the insanity of the holidays is to add one more thing to your to-do list: Helping Others. That’s right, this holiday season, you can stay sane by helping others in need.
BUT I DON’T HAVE TIME (OR CASH) TO SPARE!
There are so many ways of helping others this holiday season that practically require no time or effort at all! Find an online organization that donates their sale proceeds to people in need. For example, Mama’s Kitchen, in San Diego, delivers fresh meals to patients suffering from AIDS and/or cancer and their families. They sell pies that are baked by the best restaurants in town and your friends and family buy them through your online bakery. All you have to do is set up my account online and tell your friends about it. Each $20 pie means two days of fresh, nutritious meals for a patient or kid. No matter how crazy your holiday schedule gets, this is an option that takes little time to set up and can make a big difference.
HELPING CAN BE FUN & FASHIONABLE
Another way of helping others can be a fundraiser, for example, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA). This type of event not only supports these moms but it also helps their friends and families understand more about autism today. Many of the models are TACA moms who share their stories during the event.
THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING YOU CAN DO
This holiday season they lack the most basic necessities. Contact local charities to see about giving back by donating clothing and other goods or donate cash (in any amount) to the American Red Cross. Rest assured, any small donation that you can spare is sure to keep you off the “naughty” list for quite some time.
BUT WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?
Helping others, in any capacity, during the holiday season helps you, too. For one thing, it’s easy to ignore Aunt Rosa’s critique of your store bought pie when you know that pie has helped feed a kid who has a terminally ill mom or dad. Keeping your own holiday drama in perspective means you can actually enjoy each moment to the fullest with the people you love most. And that’s a pretty good return on your small investment.