by Susan Turner
that the words HOLIDAY and STRESS don’t have to be used in the same sentence!
During this time of the year almost everyone becomes anxious . . . not just us! We are used to living with anxiety! By remembering a few things we can make this holiday season less stressful for ourselves and maybe, for once, we will be the calm ones!
Remember there is no “correct” way to shop for gifts. In this day and age we can choose gifts from catalogs, home shopping TV channels, or create our own. We can even order through our computers.
Remember if you plan to shop in stores, begin as early as possible with a prepared list in hand. Shop during the least crowded times. Do as much as you can then leave–tomorrow is always another shopping day.
Remember to be easy on yourself. Give your list of “shoulds” a holiday, too!
Remember to use the word NO a lot! You don’t have to do everything which is asked/expected of you. Pick and choose the events YOU want to be involved in or to attend. Always give yourself permission to change your mind about going or about how long you will stay.
Remember if dinner is being held at your house to delegate responsibilities. You don’t have to do everything yourself. During the dinner, you can go into your bedroom or outside to take a breath of fresh air and regroup. Most importantly, remember the holidays are for YOU too–not just for everyone else!
Wishing you a peaceful holiday season.
(This posted article was originally published in our ENcourage Connection Newsletter, print version.)