Do you get the blue’s amid the red, green, and gold? If the holidays bring more harrumph than hooray, here are some tips to lighten your day. It helps most of us to simply have a realistic expectations about Christmas. Some of us celebrate Christmas as a secular holiday and celebrate their family. Others celebrate the Winter Solstice, while many have religious reasons for choosing Christmastime to celebrate, for most major religions have a religious ritual of some sort in late December, after the longest nights of winter have passed. Christmas – a perfect time to get together with family, feast and celebrate.
Unfortunately, however, all of this brings a sense of dread to many people. Here are some tips and suggestions on how to give you Christmas stress relief.
Tips To Christmas Stress Relief:
Stop Holiday Shopping
If shopping is your biggest cause of holiday stress, relief comes in the form of mail-order catalogs and online shopping. Sometimes, for a small fee, you can even get the presents gift wrapped. There is the slight chance that the package won’t arrive in time, but that chance is a lot smaller than fighting traffic, squeezing between irritated strangers to find the shop is out of stock. Some people love being given a wrapped catalog under the tree with a note attached saying “One item on me!”
Do Not Give Pets as Presents
This will give a lot of Christmas stress relief to you and your animal companions. Christmas can be a loud, unpredictable, messy time. Part of the fun is that you do things you don’t do everyday and this lack of routine can frighten an animal. Also, picking a pet is like a picking a marriage partner – do you really want someone else matchmaking for you? If the puppy or kitten at Christmas doesn’t get along with the intended owner, that animal will most likely have to be given to a shelter by Easter. You and the animals don’t need the stress of sad memories.
Stay away from booze. Alcohol changes your mood -- and it also brings out the worst in people. You can have parties without alcohol or high-fat foods.
Change the Date You Celebrate Christmas
There is no law that says you and your family HAVE to celebrate Christmas on Christmas Day. If you have family members who work in retail stores, food service or in the airline industry, they will be too exhausted to celebrate. If you feel you and your family are too pressed for time, just choose to have Christmas on another day. Seriously think about having it in January if the majority of family members have to work overtime during Christmas. Stress relief is worth the breaking of tradition.
Stop Comparing Yourself To Others
Many people try their hardest to recreate the holidays using movies, books or childhood memories as blueprints. This is the biggest cause of Christmas stress. Relief is simple – stop trying to compete! You are not obliged to be perfect; just do the best you can with what you have. Having a happy, comfortable time is more important than decorations, gifts or the perfect gift wrap pattern!
Quit trying to do so much and stop trying to please too many people. Entertaining at home can stretch your last nerve -- especially if it brings out your perfectionist tendencies. The holidays can also open up old wounds, if yours was a dysfunctional family, if you're divorced, or if you have lost a spouse. "The holidays should be about making good memories,"
Simplify Your Traditions Helps With Christmas Stress Relief
Instead of the big family gift exchange, why not exchange amusing and instructive family stories, tell each other how much we appreciated each other -- or not -- over the years? "Sometimes honesty is good,"
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