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The Importance of Traditions – Throughout Any Season

It’s typical for many of us to ponder over traditions in the fourth quarter of the year. However, the beauty of traditions is that they aren’t confined to a particular season—they can bloom at any moment. Rooted in our profound need to express pivotal experiences and transitions, traditions are fundamental to our humanity, shaping and preserving our essence. Traditions help us take time out from our routines and allow us to connect with someone or something. They offer us time for reflection, relaxation, and relief from the pressures of our daily lives. The outcome of traditions often results in feeling some degree of pleasure or joy.

When thinking of traditions, you can reflect on recreating old memories or creating new ones altogether. At times, trying to maintain old traditions may be painful or bring up difficult memories, but that is where you can create completely novel traditions tailored to yourself or your family dynamics. As life dances through its constant changes, traditions act as a compass, guiding us back to our roots, imparting values, and offering a grounding force.

For those who find it challenging to conjure up traditions, seeking inspiration from friends, acquaintances, or even a quick Google search can provide many ideas. I love the idea of sprinkling traditions throughout the year, and I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you!

  • During the holidays, my husband and I created a tradition to cherish amidst all the family time. We watch “The Holiday” every Christmas morning and bake a new cookie recipe together.
  • One of our weekly traditions is to go on at least one thirty-minute walk per week after work to discuss our current stressors and one thing we feel grateful for.
  • Every year on my birthday, I spend the morning working out, followed by some quality time at my favorite coffee shop with my mom.

Beyond mere enjoyment, traditions wield the power to instill structure, foster connections, and offer stability, all of which can positively impact our mental well-being. Often, traditions can help ease anxiety because they provide a sense of predictability and allow us to feel safe and comfortable. Traditions become a canvas for creating meaning, weaving a tapestry that binds us to our close-knit communities and the broader society, creating a warm cocoon of unity.

Erica Rezakhani, MS, LPC

Erica Rezakhani, MS, LPC

I earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. After a few years of personal and professional growth, I pursued my Master's of Science in Counseling at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. I work with adolescents, young adults, and the parent/teen dynamic. My specialties include career assessment, life transitions, and interpersonal relationships.

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