Our main business is not to see what dimly lies at a distance,
but to do what lies clearly at hand.
~Thomas Carlyle

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, many are feeling a mix of excitement and anxiety. The anticipation of a long weekend can bring about stress, especially when planning gatherings and activities.

It’s crucial to focus on what we can do in the present moment to make the most of this time while managing our well-being.

What never ceases to amaze me is the difference in how people prepare and cope on these occasions.

Living in South Florida, I’ve observed varying degrees of readiness and caution. While some people meticulously plan their activities, others seem to take a more laid-back approach.

For months, many businesses, including my husband’s restaurant, faced challenges with rising costs, mandatory rules and regulations, along with restrictions that affected people across the states, proving a time of great uncertainty.

Despite these hardships, we adapted and coped. My husband has kept his restaurant going by keeping costs down, maintaining a family-friendly atmosphere, and ensuring consistency in his menu.

Now, as we prepare for Memorial Day, it’s a good time to reflect on how we’ve managed and what strategies we can continue or adopt. Many will eat out at restaurants, plan picnics, and boating outings.

Up north Memorial weekend is the time to open cottages and put in piers and launch boats.

Fun is coming to all!

But with fun comes stressors.

Traveling across Florida, I noticed a shift in behavior. On one side, there’s a sense of cautious optimism with people preparing thoughtfully for the weekend, while on the other, there’s a more relaxed attitude.

This disparity can be confusing and sometimes frustrating, making us question our own approaches.

Maybe you’ve observed a similar split in behaviors in your area. How is this affecting you? How are you coping? Many people I work with feel more anxious around holidays and use different coping mechanisms, from healthy activities like exercise and hobbies to less healthy ones like overeating or excessive drinking.

Perhaps you’re feeling the pinch of rising living costs, especially with food prices soaring. This added financial pressure can heighten stress and anxiety. However, it’s important to balance enjoyment with mindfulness. For instance, if you’re hosting or attending gatherings, think about ways to stay safe and comfortable, such as outdoor activities and maintaining personal space. This balance can help ease anxiety about the weekend.

In my work with patients dealing with eating disorders, addictions, depression, and anxiety, I’ve noticed that holidays can be challenging. Emotions run high, and the temptation to resort to old coping mechanisms can be strong. It’s crucial to find healthy outlets for these feelings.

Tips to help you cope and prepare for Memorial Day weekend

1. Plan Ahead: Whether you’re hosting a barbecue or taking a trip, having a plan can reduce stress. Make lists, prepare your space, and set realistic expectations.

2. Stay Active: Physical activity is a great way to manage anxiety and boost your mood. Go for a walk, bike ride, or swim.

3. Connect Safely: Spend time with loved ones in ways that feel safe for everyone. Outdoor gatherings or virtual meetups can be great alternatives.

4. Practice Self-Care: Take time for yourself. Read, write in a journal, meditate, or engage in a hobby you enjoy.

5. Set Boundaries: It’s okay to say no to activities that feel overwhelming. Prioritize your mental health and well-being.

6. Healthy Eating and Drinking: Try to maintain a balanced diet and be mindful of alcohol consumption. Overindulging can lead to feeling worse in the long run.

If you’re struggling, remember you’re not alone. Many people are finding it tough to cope with the uncertainty and changes in routines.

Reach out to friends, family, or a professional if you need support.

             Just Let Go…

Summer is here now, which means fun and sun, horseback riding, and vacations.

It’s time to let go and be the best you can be.

Enjoy this wonderful time of year, no matter what’s gripping you.

Even if money or travel is limited, there are countless ways to relish the season.

Go for a hike, have a picnic in the park, explore local trails, or simply enjoy a day at the beach.

  The great outdoors offers endless opportunities for joy and relaxation.

As we look forward to Memorial Day and the summer months, let’s focus on making the most of our time with thoughtful planning and healthy coping strategies. Enjoy the moments, stay safe, and take care of your mental and emotional well-being.

How are you coping? Is it working for you? Do you have plans for Memorial Weekend?

Please share your thoughts—you are in good company, simply scroll to the comments box below. I’d love to hear from you. What you have to say is important.

Thank you for being a part of the reading blog forum and spending time with me and my thoughts throughout these pages. I hope my words lit your excitement to become your best self for you. I look forward to sharing my newest book with you on how to release your obsession with your Phone. God bless you… and your journey through this life and all that awaits beyond…

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Hugs to you, I care!
Dr. Lisa

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