Wow! The holidays are here! People are out and about, making plans, buying gifts, and doing all of the things that make their holidays special. Christmas is a time of getting together, joy, and giving. New Year’s is a time of renewed hope and the dawning of a new year with all it has to offer. The holidays can also offer their share of stress. Stressors can be from good and bad things and comes to people in different situations of this time of year. Here are some common things people stress over.
Buying gifts can be a trying time for many families and individuals. Budgets can help, if you stick to them. Be sure to include in your budget extra travel expenses that you may not typically have. You may want to try some handmade gifts to supplement your other packages. Try to focus your holidays more on getting together with family and friends, and less on getting or giving things. When you think of holidays from 3 years ago, do you think of what gifts you received, or do you think of who you spent your time with?
Is there ever enough time to get everything accomplished just the way you would like it? Slow down, breathe, and enjoy this special time of year. I have heard people say how much they have worked and planned for their holiday, and then it flies by so fast they almost miss it. Commit to what you have time to do, use shortcuts to make things easier, delegate tasks, include time for you to enjoy yourself.
Memories and Traditions
This time of year seems to be flooded with memories and traditions. These can bring up many emotions. Thinking of people who are no longer able to spend the holidays with us may make you sad, lonely, or even angry. Try to focus on the good times with those people you care deeply about, find joy in being able to remember them. Keep traditions that make you happy and are still feasible to accomplish. Change traditions that are not, and add new ones to make your holidays special.
How many times have you heard people say, “I want everything to be perfect”? Is that realistic? No, we are not in control of everything, so things may not turn out perfect. It is ok to relax, find humor, the happiness, and the joy in this season.
As you get older, you may find that it isn’t as easy to do the things you have always done. Teach and pass down tasks to the younger generation. I remember as a teenager/young adult my grandfather let me put up the Christmas tree at his home. I felt so honored to be given this task. He helped me get it out and the decorations that went with it, and I would put it up, string the lights, and decorate the tree. When I was in college, others would ask to do this task for him, and he would tell them, “No, Mechelle will be here to do it”. It is one of my favorite Christmas memories.
Take a minute and share how you deal with stress during this season, one of your favorite holiday memories, or both.
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