Christmas time fills our hearts with joyful memories. It give us that wonderful opportunity to enjoy the festivity and create great, everlasting memories with our family and friends. This special season brings joy into our homes and communities around the globe. The Christmas Eve dinner, gift-giving tradition, holiday music, and freshly baked cookies make our homes feel cozy and beautiful.
It is that time of year, a time for us to use the power of positive thinking to adopt a happy and optimistic mindset, with a sense of perspective, to keep our sanity and low stress levels. It is the holiday season, and we are all in for a ride.
Christmas time is supposed to be a happy time in our lives. Unfortunately, this time of year comes with its own baggage. For many people, the holiday season is actually the most stressful time of the year. If you think that the majority of people are relaxing this season, think again! The most beautiful and wonderful season of the year, is actually a time that is plagued by stress and anxiety. Let’s face it, the reality is that the stress and craziness of the holidays is here. If the holidays put you in a bad mood, you are not alone.
The party season is here. With all the extra cooking and shopping to do, being everywhere at once, at every company party or get-together at friends’ houses, is impossible. It is so culturally ingrained in us to not say “no.”What will that person at work, who I never talk to, think of me if I do not show up to every single Christmas event?
During a stressful situation, our bodies send us an alert signal of stress. Once that ball starts rolling, no matter how deep and relaxing the breaths we take are, we start to feel angry and impatient. With plenty of cortisol rushing through our systems, we will eventually feel like screaming at someone.
For some people, the intense stress of Christmas is due to the pressure of finding that perfect present for everyone, even though we know there is a chance that the gift we ran around town trying to find could be returned as soon as the stores reopen. We have all seen those long lines at Customer Service the day after Christmas. So, how can we survive this frantic time and keep our sanity?
How to Keep
Holiday-Induced Stress Under Control:
As much as I like to control everything, I had to learn how to let go and ask for help, it is a must. When asking for help, briefly and calmly get to the point. Always let the person know their help is appreciated. It is too easy to not ask for help, try to do everything ourselves, then be bitter and resentful about how no one helped us. Do not add unnecessary stress to an already potentially stressful time of year. Our holidays may not be everything we want them to be. Go with the flow. Avoiding unrealistically high expectations of how our holiday season should go will help keep our stress levels low. If we are not careful, and do not implement some relaxation techniques, stress is going to swallow us whole, very fast. We do not need to be superheroes all the time. Put on cozy yoga pants and house slippers and relax! We are humans, and we get tired. So, do not miss the opportunity to rest.
Benefits of Napping:
A power nap is a wonderful way to improve our lives and relax our brains. The more hours we work, and the more we fight to stay awake, the more sluggish we feel throughout the day. When we do not make time to rest, we reach a point when our eyelids are too heavy to stay open. We are simply doing a disservice, not just to ourselves, but to others around us, when we do not get enough rest. Extra sleep, especially during the frantic holiday season, will improve both our immune systems and our lives.
Let us live life as it comes to us. With a little innovative thinking and planning ahead, we can ensure that our holiday season goes as smoothly as ever. Stress and negativity often get in our way, testing our patience and perseverance. Throughout this season, keep on going with a smile. Life is short. For me, I choose gratitude over stress. Christmas time is not about material things. Christmas is about counting our blessings and creating beautiful memories.