by: Carrie A. Blakley
If there’s one single holiday that causes the most stress, it’s the Christmas holiday. That being said, there are many different Winter holidays that are celebrated throughout December – not just Christmas. There’s Hanukkah, Yule, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, Pearl Harbor Day, Winter Solstice..and Advent. That list is code for ‘stress central in a hand basket’. The ‘one single holiday’ bit is in reference to whatever holiday you may be celebrating at any given moment during this time of the year. For many families, it’s more than just one holiday. For example, in my family, we celebrate Christmas, Advent, Yule and the Winter Solstice. Given the amount of celebration involved, keeping your stress to a minimum is the key to arriving at the new year with your brains still in your skull, instead of your stomach.
When you start feeling overwhelmed, that’s the time you need to stop…and crawl into your own personal ‘Zen zone’. It can be whatever relaxes you. Reading, taking a walk, exercising, listening to music, taking a hot bath/shower…or just simply sitting in silent solitude until you feel better. Put on a movie and just zone out. Play with your pets, or just take a nap with them. Life will go on, regardless of you being in your de-stress mode, or not. Do not stress about things that you have absolutely no control over. Stuff happens, and that’s life. You can either dwell on it, or just treat it like a dog would, and shove some dirt over it and move on.
Realizing that there are things you can not control tend to make life a lot more enjoyable, and interesting. Raining? Bring an umbrella. Snowing? Break out the shovel, and fire up the wood stove. Windy? Wear a wind breaker, or parka. Muddy? That’s what boots are for. You can’t control things, like the weather, but you can control how you react to said uncontrollable things. So, relax. Enjoy the holidays. Sip some hot chocolate, or mulled cider. Cuddle up next to a warm fire place, or wood stove. Don’t stress over the little things that you can’t control. Heck, don’t stress over the little things that you can control. Just have a wonderful holiday season, and enjoy the time off from the daily grind. Have a beautiful, and very Merry Christmas!