Coping with Christmas Stress

Here are some tips to beat the holiday stress:

Provide help to someone – research shows that helping others builds resilience. Irrespectively of age or health, it was found that those who provided tangible assistance to friends or family were protected from the harmful effects of stress.

Don’t neglect your partners in your efforts to make the children happy. Arrange one grown-ups only date during the Christmas holiday, even if it is as simple as going for a walk together.

Create a ‘it would be nice if I had time’ list – When you are writing your Christmas lists, divide it up into what you really must do and put everything else on the ‘it would be nice if I had time’ list.

Express your gratitude- it is not joy that makes us grateful, its gratitude that makes us joyful! Focus on what you do have and can do.

Be sure to laugh – try to see the funny side of stress. When someone is ranting about you being in their way in the Christmas shopping rush, take a step back and laugh at how Christmas can transform us into crazy people.

If a tradition is not working, change it – if you spend your Christmas day driving around trying to see everyone chances are that your Christmas day will be very tiring and you may even begin to resent the people you feel you have to visit. Christmas doesn’t all have to happen on the 25th. You can create 2 Christmas days if you really want. Present the change positively and people are more likely to accept the change. Create new traditions!

Avoid social media – remember it is people’s perfect sides that are presented on social media. Enjoy your day without social comparisons.  Post the next day.

Avoid the urge to live up to  a magazine cover Christmas – most of us have a full day every day, trying to fit in all the home made decorations and 20 different type of cookies is just too unrealistic. The magazines can make you feel like a slacker but the reality is far from those magazine covers.

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