The holiday season is supposed to be un and relaxing. But let’s admit, more often than not, holiday season becomes one of the sources of stress and/or misunderstanding between families, relatives, and friends.
So here are some ways to beat the holiday stress:
- Remember the reason for the season.
Most people stress themselves for the wrong
reasons. Let’s re-think why you are celebrating
Christmas – that is to celebrate the birth of
Jesus Christ. So why fuss over expensive gifts or elaborate decorations when you should be honoring Jesus Christ? And the best way to honor Him is to attend church service, give thanks, or share your blessings by doing charity work.
- Consider ‘potluck’ in family celebrations. If your family has been used to yearly reunions or gatherings, don’t stress yourself by cooking all the meals. Make them participate. List all the food items
and assign each one to a family member. Don’t stress yourself by taking all the responsibility. After all, it is a family occasion, so make them responsible, too.
- Delegate. Assign a committee on food, programs, physical arrangement, or
entertainment so you won’t have to do the job
all by yourself. Knowing that they are part of
the preparation will encourage them to be more creative
and participative. Who knows, they may even do the
preparation for next year’s event?.
- Avoid last-minute shopping. In case you
really need to buy gifts for Christmas parties,
for your nieces, nephews, sisters, brothers, or
godchildren, shop as early as you can. Stop
putting off for tomorrow what you can do today. Make a
list of people you intend to buy gifts for so you won’t stress
yourself by being stuck in long queues and traffic jams.
- Exercise. Eating is not an exercise. If your
clothes won’t fit anymore, then that’s one source
of stress. So don’t postpone that “I’m going to
go tothe gym or run everyday” resolution you
always make every year. Do it today. Start today. Remember,
it’s harder to lose weight than gain weight. Holidays are not
an excuse to skip the treadmill or hit the road. Remember, next year you might be invited to be the best man of your friend. You need to look great! And to prepare those best man speeches too.
- Keep it sweet and simple. Don’t focus on
just the physical aspects of the celebration, but
take into consideration the emotional side or
the experience. It’s the moments that count, not
how detail-oriented or elaborate you are when it comes to
your preparations, decorations, or menus. Keep your cool
and stay positive that everything will turn out well.
- Lastly, thank God and share your blessings.
Now is the best time to do these things. After
all, you are more blessed than the people in
typhoon-affected areas so instead of stressing yourself with
your relatives or friends who can afford gifts, why not give
back to the needy or the poor? These people may not be
able to give you something back but at least, your efforts will
be much appreciated. Remember, it’s better to give than to