New Hope For The New Year
After suffering the loss of someone we love, it becomes difficult to find hope in the future. It may seem like the rest of the world is celebrating the new year and making plans for the months ahead. Ones who are grieving may feel “stuck”, and cannot find the motivation to do the things they once enjoyed. The cold and gloomy weather tends to promote depression as well, but new hope for the new year can still be found…
Focusing your attention on things you enjoy will actually help relieve your sadness. Your loved ones would not want you to no longer be involved in your hobbies or express your creativity, because of their death. Actually, being creative and expressing your emotions through art or other projects, is a great way to relieve stress and put you in a better mind set.
Even if you have never painted before, grab a brush, a few containers of paint, a canvas or a piece of cardboard. Be peaceful within yourself, and just start releasing your emotions onto the surface of your project. Turn on some meditation music or whatever you prefer… Then just let go and paint!
It doesn’t have to be perfect. Abstract is actually more therapeutic, because there are no boundaries. No one but you has to ever see it. This is your private moment to get out the sadness or anger, so that you can make room for the happiness that life still has in store for you.
There is hope that you will once again be happy. It is okay if you enjoy things in your life, may it be painting, sewing, photography, etc. Doing so does not mean that you don’t love the one who passed away. It means that you are honoring them by not giving up on your own life and what you have to offer the world.
Wishing you all a year of peace, hope and happiness.