Not everyone knows how to handle Christmas stress without ending up bat(bleep) crazy by the time its all over.
Understandable, given the whirlwind of activity that goes on between Thanksgiving and New Years Day.
In the midst of shopping, planning, decorating, rushing around all while taking care of your normal responsibilities, how could you possibly manage to stay stress free at Christmas?
Between the school’s holiday play, work obligations, Christmas parties, and gift shopping, the weeks leading up to Christmas can be a very busy and stressful time.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed and rush through your busy
days. When you push hard to get it all done and keep up with the
Jones’s, you may find yourself tired and exhausted on Christmas day,
realizing that you’ve blown through the entire holiday season without
stopping to enjoy it.
There are a few simple strategies that answer question about how to handle Christmas stress- These strategies will help you make sure holiday overload doesn’t happen. If you’re ready to make sure you can enjoy this holiday season, no matter how busy you are or how much pressure you’re under, keep reading.
How To Handle Christmas Stress # 1 Stop And Smell The Poinsettias
When you’re busy, it’s hard to notice the fun little things this season has to offer. Challenge yourself to stop at least once a day and “smell the poinsettias”. Take a short little break to enjoy a cookie and your favorite cup of coffee. Spend a few extra minutes when you’re driving home with the kids in the evening and go look at lights. Turn on Christmas tunes and sing and dance through the house. Just stop and have some Christmas fun for a few minutes. It’s a great stress buster.
How To Handle Christmas Stress # 2 Get Your Own Little Elves
Santa doesn’t do everything on his own, and neither should you. Learn to delegate both at the office and at home. Have your assistant compile the report for the boss, and get the kids to help with cleaning up after dinner. If you’re really sneaky, you can even get them to help with wrapping their siblings’ presents.
When you get some help with some of the things you have to get done, you’re freeing up a little time here and there to enjoy the season. No better time than the present to get good at delegating.
How To Handle Christmas Stress # 4 Making A List And Checking It Twice
Last but not least learn to prioritize. Make a list of what you need to get done today, this week, or before Christmas. Prioritize it and then go back and check it again. Strike out anything you don’t really need to do. It’s amazing how freeing cutting tasks and things out of your life can be.
There are a lot of things we do just because we’ve always done them. When you stop and challenge yourself to focus on the important stuff, it becomes much easier to cut out busy work. That in turn greatly reduces the length of our to-do list and with it both the time it takes to get everything done and the stress we’re under.
Follow Santa’s example and just like him you’ll find joy in during this busy holiday season. Merry Christmas!
Life comes in seasons. Some years are wonderful with few worries and plenty of everything. Others are leaner, more troublesome, and just plain sad. In the good years, the holidays are a lot of fun, but during the sad times, we may not enjoy Christmas all that much, and that’s ok.
There’s a lot of pressure put on us my media and society alike to put on a smile be “merry and bright” during the holidays. We’re magically supposed to be in a good mood on Christmas no matter what’s going on in our lives or around us.
Yes, you should hide your pain and sorrow and smile through the tears for your kids. Of course you don’t want to ruin Christmas for those around you. But let’s face it, sometimes life sucks and when it happens around Christmas, it’s hard to put on a show of good cheer.
There’s nothing wrong with being sad around the holidays. If you’re recently lost a loved one and are facing your first Christmas without them, it’s perfectly normal and healthy to be sad.
You miss them, and
not being able to share such a wonderful time of the year with this
special person makes it harder to feel joy and happiness. When something
does put a smile on your face, you may even feel guilty.
Maybe you lost your job a few weeks ago and can’t give your kids the gifts they’ve been asking Santa for.
Maybe a relationship fell apart and
you’re still trying to figure out what your life looks like now. Lots of
different things can happen that will take a lot of the joy out of
Christmas. And that’s ok.
Despite the picture TV shows, movies, and Christmas stories paint, our troubles don’t magically go away come Christmas Eve.
We are still grieving, broke, and feeling lost. And
that’s ok. Life isn’t always perfect. It’s messy, complicated, sad, and
sometimes just plain sucks – even on Christmas.
My best advice when you’re having a tough time during the holidays is this. Don’t feel pressured to put yourself in a good mood. Don’t expect to feel better all of sudden. Get through the Holidays the best you can.
Do what you
need to do for the little ones, and then go and have a good cry. Be mad,
be sad, or be angry. Feel what you need to feel to get through this
hard period in life.
But also remember this. Things will look up and there are many happy days and happy Christmases ahead. Remember the good times and know in your heart that better times are yet to come.
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