It is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year or Holiday Stress?

Stress

Do You Suffer From Holiday Stress?

For many families, the Christmas season is the most wonderful time of the year. For others, it causes stress. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, you may celebrate one of the other holidays that occur during the month of December. You may still find that this time of the year is stressful, you may get wrapped up in the celebration of others, there are office parties to go to, time to get together with friends, and then there are the commercials. If you live in North America, that is all you see on the TV.

The high expectations that come along with the holidays can lead to stress, depression or disappointment. With so many things that we need to get done in order to spread holiday cheer, it can be pretty easy to get overwhelmed. Here are a few things you can do to keep yourself feeling merry and mellow this Christmas.

Get Started Early

It’s never too early to start getting ready for next Christmas. Always keep an eye out for festive decorations or the perfect Christmas card while you’re out shopping.

Connect with Family

The stress of the holidays is much easier to manage when you’re able to use the time to reconnect with family. Find new, fun ways to get into the holiday spirit together.

Bring Down Expectations

Over-hype and high expectations make preparing for Christmas festivities much more stressful. You do not have to be Martha Stewart. You don’t have to bake the cookies, decorate the whole house. It will be okay in the end.

Cut Down on Spending

Financial issues are one of the leading causes of stress, and Christmas tends to be a very costly time. Try to save money where you can so that you have one less thing to worry about.

Ask for Help

It’s very difficult to get everything done on your own during the Christmas season. But, you don’t have to get it all done by yourself. The ideal people to go to for help would be your family.

If you feel anxious when Christmas is a few weeks (or even months) away, you’re not alone. Many people consider the Christmas holidays to be the most stressful time of the year. But, if you avoid the over-hype and encourage your family to have realistic expectations, everybody in your family should have a PEACEFUL and MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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Elizabeth Hughes-Callison

Elizabeth Hughes-Callison is an empty nester, who has raised her kids, but she will never stop being a parent. She worked for 30+ years in the corporate environment all the while raising her two children John and Leigh with husband Randy. She learned self-care and how to have a sense of peace in her home the hard way. With humor and real-life stories, she helps you learn the same.

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