The Busy, Exhausting, Exciting and Complex Holiday Season

My father was a florist. He got his first job at the local flower shop when he was in high school and would later buy the same shop and become a master designer, creating for weddings, funerals and many local events. But it is his store during the holiday season that reminds me most of his work, the smells, the colors, the poinsettias, evergreens and ribbons, the music and buzz of customers and employees. It was a really beautiful and exciting time. But, boy oh boy, was it ever busy! He worked long hours every day to create the hundred of holiday centerpieces, decorate businesses, and homes around town and wanted to make sure every widow had a fresh poinsettia in her home. He was definitely ready for a long winter’s nap after the final sprig of holly had been cut, arranged and delivered. It was one of the most exhausting times for him and I am certain it was not always easy for him to be filled with holiday cheer!

Perhaps you are feeling the excitement, but also the pressure and stress of the season or you may be having the opposite reaction, feeling lonely, depressed or sad. Certainly the holidays can be challenging but there are several strategies you can use to create a more positive experience. Keep in mind that different approaches work for different people, so it’s essential to find what resonates with you. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Reach Out to Others:

    • Connect with friends or family members, even if it’s through a phone call, video chat, or messaging. Share your feelings and let them know you’d like some company.
  2. Volunteer:

    • Consider volunteering your time to help others during the holidays. This can give you a sense of purpose, introduce you to new people, and create a positive impact on your community.
  3. Join Community Events:

    • Attend local holiday events, gatherings, or religious services. Many communities organize festivities during the holiday season, providing opportunities to meet new people and engage in social activities.
  4. Participate in Online Communities:

    • If you’re unable to be physically present with others, consider joining online communities or forums related to your interests. This can provide a sense of connection and support.
  5. Create New Traditions:

    • Start new holiday traditions that bring you joy. Whether it’s cooking a special meal, watching favorite movies, or engaging in a hobby, creating positive rituals can help shift your focus.
  6. Take Care of Yourself:

    • Practice self-care by engaging in activities you enjoy. This could include reading, exercising, taking a walk in nature, or treating yourself to something special.
  7. Plan Ahead:

    • Make arrangements to spend time with friends or schedule activities that bring you happiness.
  8. Seek Professional Support:

    • Consider talking to a mental health professional. They can provide support and strategies to cope with stress or loneliness and improve your overall well-being.
  9. Embrace the Spirit of Giving:

    • Consider giving back to others by participating in charity work or supporting a cause you believe in. Acts of kindness can bring a sense of fulfillment and connection.
  10. Practice Gratitude:

    • Reflect on the positive aspects of your life and the things you are grateful for. Focusing on gratitude can help shift your mindset and promote a more positive outlook.

All of us at The Jan Broberg Foundation hope you have you a warm and joyous holiday season, filled with moments of peace and connection. May the spirit of the holidays embrace everyone, whether you’re surrounded by loved ones or navigating challenging times. In this season of goodwill, may you find comfort, solace, and the company of kindness. Remember that you’re not alone, and may the new year bring hope, renewal, and the support you need. Each and everyone of us deserve love and cheer this holiday season and always.

Happy Holidays with love, Jan

Launch of the Soul Restoration Retreats with Jan Broberg!

We recently held our first Soul Restoration Retreat. It was a beautiful 5 day workshop as we worked through various aspects of past experiences and trauma. Deep connections with others who have walked a similar path were forged and the retreat was a tapestry of shared stories, friendships, healing and support.

At the Soul Restoration Retreat we talked about embracing the 90% of your life outside of the trauma, where possibilities are boundless. Learning and sharing this from her own lived experience—Jan expressed and showed the participants that those aren’t just words but a reality and attendees worked together to create, a beautiful, inspired mosaic of hope.

The Soul Restoration retreat provided an opportunity for each individual to discover that he or she is the hero in their own life’s journey. Jan helped guide on the healing path, supporting through the processing of past harm to begin or continue to design a joyful future.

Joy, love, and success call out to you too! Watch for upcoming announcements about how you can join us at a future retreat!


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