If you said “Yes”, we can’t imagine why… It’s not like everyone is rushing around, trying to get caught up at work and at home, preparing for the holidays, shopping too much, eating too much, dealing with their family “stuff” all while trying to manage the extra financial stress…right?
This is a very stressful time of the year for many people. So much is going on. Some things feel completely out of their control. During times like these, it’s best to focus on things you DO have control of such as how you choose to cope with this extra stress. Here are 6 tips to help you cope:
1. Think positively – Stress has the tendency to lead to negative and anxious thinking. Negative and anxious thinking leads to negative and anxious feelings. The more negative and anxious we feel, the more negative and anxious thoughts we get. You get the idea. It becomes a negative cycle. So, instead, focus your attention and energy on positive thoughts. Make a list of what you enjoy about the holidays and the positive things in your life. Do positive affirmations daily, read positive books, listen to uplifting songs , etc.
2. Stay in the here and now – Stress can also get us to think too much about the future or the past. We do not have control over either of these. Try to stay in the here and now…what you do have control of. Remember the famous quote by Bill Keane: “Yesterday’s the past and tomorrow’s the future. Today is a gift – which is why they call it the present.”
3. Relax – Schedule time for yourself to unwind and relax. What eventually happens to a battery that doesn’t get recharged? You will not be helpful to anyone else if you are completely drained. Take time to recharge your battery!
4. Have fun – Schedule some quality time and fun with your partner. You don’t want that battery to die either! PS, great sex is a wonderful and fun stress reliever!!!!
5. Say no and ask for what you need – And finally, learn to say no to avoid becoming overcommitted and to ask for what you need. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your partner, friends, or family, if needed. You do not have to do it all by yourself!
6. Be Grateful – Before you go to bed, create a gratitude list. Make a list of everything you appreciate and are grateful for in your life. Again, you’ll surprise yourself at how many blessings you have to count.
We hope this helps. We wish you and your family a very relaxing, safe, and blessed holiday! Until next year…