Stress of Special Holidays
By Joy Abrams
may be the first thing that comes into your mind when you
think of special holidays. Too often holidays are accompanied
by the emotional whiplash of anticipatory stress and post
holiday letdown. It can take months to recover from this kind
are many factors that contribute to your holiday stress:
Remember people are more important than things events or tasks.
It should not be your full responsibility for the holidays
to be a success.
The memories of those we have loved and lost are often an
invading thought that causes stress during the holidays.
The expectations that all will run smooth or that certain
relatives will come or not come has a stressful impact on
lonely after holiday visits.
Many people have a great letdown after family members return
to their homes after a holiday visit. Others are just plain
lonely and feel isolated during the holidays.
some tips to reduce your holiday stress:
You cannot possibly do everything. Plan a progressive holiday
dinner instead of doing it alone. Let the main focus be on
enjoying yourself and those around you .Do not stick to any
schedules and work on being flexible.
· Be realistic
With every holiday there will be joys and perhaps some sorrow
as that is what life is all about. There will be happiness
and perhaps some disappointments. Do not expect that those
around you will be at their best all the time.
There will always be some thoughts of those that are no longer
with us. Be thankful for the time that you had with them and
make the time that you have with others that you love count.
to a good diet and sleep routine
When you are under stress it is easy to get sick so you must
get your sleep time in and eat properly.
If you feel lonely or isolated seek out a friend to spend
some time with.
some time for yourself
Practice yoga and meditation breaks. This will break the stress
cycle and have you greet the day with a smile.