Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming holidays. We have already started to see some Christmas themed coffee cups emerging as well as Christmas carols playing on the radio. Yes, it’s early but it’s starting. Store advertisements are slowly releasing their Christmas gift ideas and more. For some of us, this brings about joy and excitement; for others, it brings about stress and tension. The holidays can be a very exciting time but they can also be daunting and overwhelming. As we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas, it is important to address these feelings to maintain a positive experience. Here are some tips to help us get through the season:
Set limits: This is crucial for our sanity. If you plan to attend a party or visit family out of town, decide how long you want to stay ahead of time and stick to it.
Learn to let go: If things don’t go as planned, let it go. Flight delayed? Traffic? Lost suitcase? Kids throwing tantrums? In all possible situations however negative they feel, learn to pick your battles and go with it.
There is no point fretting and stressing about situations you can’t control; this will only make things worse. Breathe.
Stay on schedule: This is especially true if you’re out of town. Try to keep a routine each day – if possible. The key is not to over-schedule yourself. Give yourself some space. If the activities of the day get too much, back out and get some rest instead. You can join the party later on when you’re rested and refreshed. Our moods are better when we are rested.
Stay positive: Look on the bright side. Think about the meaning of the holidays and try not to get caught up with the ebb and flow of the commotion around you. This is your holiday too! Think about what you enjoy about the specific holiday and focus on it.
Plan ahead: If holiday parties give you anxiety, cause stress or if a certain family member/friend stresses you out plan how you will address/deal with this ahead of time. Once you’re in it, you will feel prepared, and this will help lessen the stress and help you feel more confident.
Above all, enjoy it! After all, you’ve earned some well deserved time off. With adequate planning, the holidays can be a great time. It’s important to take care of yourself and focus on the things that make you happy.