The holidays are the most wonderful time of year, for those of us who can manage the stress and pressure of the season. For others who allow the unwanted company of stress and depression to join them for the month of December, the Holiday season is the most horrible time of the year. Let’s face it; this time of year is filled with an array of parties, shopping, baking, and entertaining. Traffic is bad, shops are crowded and there is a deadline for getting it all done! There are ways to reduce the inevitable stress of the Holidays with a few of these tips.
1. Be realistic: Don’t overdo it; it’s important to stay connected but not over committed. Rituals and traditions are to be enjoyed, not stressed about; so if you “should” bake cookies every year it’s ok to pick some up at the bakery this year: remember don’t “should” on yourself.
2. Practice the art of Gratitude!
Instead of making a list of all the things you need to do, and concentrating on what you haven’t done make a list of things you have accomplished.
Count your blessings, and let the people you love know how important they are to you.
3. Keep Holiday decorations simple and minimal, maybe this year you’ll only decorate the family room?
4. Set aside differences for another time and lower your own expectations.
5. Set a budget for gifts; the best presents are the ones with thought behind them, not money.
Handmade gifts are the most thoughtful and cherished. Give to your favorite charity and gift the receipt to a colleague instead of having to rush to the mall to buy them a gift they’ll never use. Magazine subscriptions will remind your loved ones of your gift every time they receive one in the mail.
6. Learn to say No! Saying yes when you don’t want to can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed.
7. Don’t abandon healthy habits, a bad diet can make you feel tiered, cranky and extra weigh can quickly pile on. So stick to a healthy diet and avoid excess sugar so you can make it through the holidays. Remember this month’s bad diet, is next month’s bad body.
9. Take time out for yourself. Even if it’s ten minutes by yourself with a cup of tea or coffee, take time to do something you enjoy every day.
The holidays are a time to relax, and renew, spend time with family and friends; a time to find new friends, to find a new sense of purpose and give what we have from our heart and soul, not just our pockets. If the holidays make you sad reach out to your community, your place of worship, and help bring joy to someone else.
Wishing you a fabulous holiday season, full of laughter, and good wishes
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