It’s that time of year again: Christmas time! Even though this should really be a time for reflection and relaxing as well as recharging your batteries, for many it ends up being the most nerve-wracking time of year. Here are a few tips for making the most of the Christmas Time and continuing to focus on your top priorities. This contemplative season doesn’t have to be hectic, and it doesn’t have to be stressful.
Take some time right now to think about everything that you would like to do – then you can avoid taking care of things at the last minute. Just write it all down. Make a list of who you are giving gifts to and what you’re giving. Make a list of all the holiday celebrations that you’re expected to attend. Next, assign priorities to what you’ve written down. You don’t have to rust around in order to make it to one more Christmas party. Instead, carefully decide what you’d like to do and at the same time make the best use of the resources you have.
Don’t let expectations, either your own or those of other people, put you under a lot of pressure. Think of how you want your holiday season to be and make it happen – avoid trying to do what everyone else wants, and don’t try to create a “perfect Christmas”. Take care of yourself and be sure to manage your energy well…do not overextend yourself this holiday season! The most important thing is that you can remain cheerful, and it’s well-known that good feelings are contagious.
This year take the time to enjoy just how amazing winter is! Take a short stroll after work instead of heading straight to the couch. It’s true that during the darker winter months we tend to spend too much time indoors; instead, a walk around the block and get some fresh air. This a great remedy for a bad mood, and it even lowers your blood pressure and reduces stress in general.
Surround yourself with people who you’re close to…people you really like to be around. One of the best ways to relax and rid yourself of stress is an evening of simply spending time with your loved ones. It’s most likely a good thing for everyone involved. Don’t bake those cookies by yourself, rather fill your kitchen with positive people and enjoy the nice holiday atmosphere you create together…and share your Christmas cookies!
Commit to some downtime at least once a day and just relax. Maybe you could meditate for five minutes during your lunch bread, or how about a 20-minute power nap? The important thing is pure relaxation. Taking a break is especially important during the holiday season, and it also helps you to make it through any stressful moments you might experience.
Even if you have a lot on your plate, make sure to schedule in some free time between all the festivities and other things you have planned. If something should go on for longer than expected or one of your plans falls through, you’ll still have enough time to react well to the unexpected and avoid not get knocked completed off track. It’s better to schedule fewer things every day to ensure that you have extra time should something not go as planned.
You don’t have to handle everything yourself. During Christmas Time, it’s especially important to delegate some of your tasks. Who’s buying the Christmas tree, and who’s decorating it? Who is going shopping for Christmas presents, and who is wrapping them? It can be hard to accept help sometimes because we’d rather take care of things on our own. The holiday season is the ideal time for working together to get important things done. Accepting help from others is a positive thing, and likewise you should offer help where you can to those who need it. Be someone others can rely on for a helping hand and you’ll see that being of service can be the best gift of all!
We’d like to wish you all a happy and introspective Christmas season! Please write me and let me know how you prevent things from becoming too hectic at this time of year. What do you do to avoid stress during the holidays?