By Tom Kidd, Balanced Wellness Services
If it’s truly the best time of the year, why does so much stress seem to accompany the holiday season? Gifts, family, dinners, traveling, etc. all begin to pile up. We’re stressed. And stress begets stress begets stress. So much for the holly and jolly.
First and most importantly, know that YOU are the one most responsible for the stress in your life. Stress is really about your perception and your attitude towards people and events that naturally appear and occur around you. The key to managing stress lies within your mind and heart. I have always liked this quote written by an anonymous writer: “It doesn’t matter if your glass is half full or half empty; it’s that it is refillable.”
If you want to enjoy the season (and your life!) it is necessary to have a pre-thought-out plan. Identify the factors that increase your chances of stress exhaustion–many of which seem amplified during the holiday season:
Stress caused from these factors can present itself in the form of headaches, rashes, insomnia, irritability, sore muscles, fatigue, lack of motivation, chest pains, and heavy or labored breathing.The more of these signs you may have, the more stressed you are. So, what can you effectively do to manage those stressors in your life?
MANAGING YOUR STRESS:
Take some time to identify those people and events that bother/stress you. Make a list and then think about healthier ways you could handle those stressors.
Coping strategies for MENTAL STRESSORS:
Coping strategies for your PHYSICAL STRESSORS:
Don’t let stress consume your spirit during the holidays. Perceive it differently and prepare for your physical and mental stressors with a PLAN! Maybe then you can have a very merry Christmas!