Whether you are dealing with depression, grief or a medical condition during the holidays, it always comes down to stress in one form or another. Here is my BLIZZARD BUSTER that can help you have a happier holiday no matter what is causing you stress.
Women often feel the most pressure to plan, shop, cook, decorate, and coordinate seasonal rituals, gifts, mailings and parties. We try to do too much, for too many people, in too little time. The holidays may also remind us of losses–of loved ones, friends, homes, marriages, health, jobs–that stir sad feelings.
No wonder some of us start the season aglow with anticipatory joy only to end up, weeks later, feeling awful. “Exhaustion, depression, sleeplessness, poor appetite, overeating, illness and irritability are all signs of stress,” when do we know how to stop? Yikes!!! Yet stress doesn’t have to be part of your holidays.
Taking inspired actions now to plan the upcoming season will reduce pressures and increase your enjoyment of what can be the most wonderful time of year. What’s more, you can arm yourself with quick practices to remove stress when you’re in the midst of the most hectic days. “How?” I am so glad you asked.
MELT AWAY EXPECTATIONS
The biggest stress is expectations– those that others have placed on us and those we impose upon ourselves. We focus on buying more presents, baking more cookies, going to more concerts or parties. Our schedules fill up and our pocketbooks empty.”
Expectations of how the holidays should be may keep us from enjoying a period of simpler, more meaningful joys.
There is such a simple solution to the holiday blues, just say no and give yourself the gift of compassion. Let someone else do a project, let the bakery do the cookies, have someone wrap your gifts and have a party when decorating the tree. The more the merrier. Plan now and kick back and enjoy some egg nog.