Though the Holidays can be exciting and a time to reconnect with loved ones, they can also cause stress and anxiety. Some stressors include: gifts to be wrapped, financial burdens in buying gifts and other holiday preparations, invitations to parties, obligations, expectations from self and others and many times the burden of family tradition.
However, with practical tips, you can help reduce the stress of the holidays. Some helpful tips are acknowledging your feelings. Not forcing yourself to be happy just because it is the holidays. Taking the time to express your feelings perhaps writing your feelings down in a private journal. This can be very purging and cleansing. Also, honoring self is extremely important, thus, it is very essential to learn to say no. If we say yes we really know we will feel overburdened, overwhelmed and so on, it can leaves us feeling resentful, angry and frustrated. Friends and family will understand if you cannot participate in every activity or wish to change a family ‘tradition.’
Making time for yourself is also very beneficial , just spending 15 -20 minutes by yourself can re-center , ground and clear your energy. Please visit www.selfgrowth.com for two articles I have written with specific ways to overcome stress , quickly and easily in the midst of any busy day or time.
Happy Holidays and be kind and loving to yourself 🙂