The Network’s Aussie
Treasurer emailed these thoughts from abroad…thanks, Lisa!
Don’t become a crazy person this holiday season!
I was at the mall yesterday and noticed that people seem to
be a little more stressed and a crazier than usual. By the way, to the person
in the orange Honda Element yesterday – I didn’t realize getting out of car
spots was a life and death situation. And I am sorry if I delayed your
departure by pulling out.
We are lead to believe the holidays are meant to be joyous,
fun and merry – but for many of us, the holidays are chaotic and full of
stress. Additional work, personal and
family stress can leave us feeling run down and exhausted – and acting a little
crazy. So here are 10 suggestions to help manage the stress this holiday
10. Breathe…Breathing exercises are a quick and
easy way to reduce stress. You can do them anywhere and at anytime. Check out
this link for some basic exercises: http://stress.about.com/od/breathingexercises/Breathing_Exercises_for_Stress_Management.htm
9. Take the time to appreciate the little
your expectations in perspective – I will let you in on the secret not
everything will look or go perfectly this holiday season. So don’t sweat the small things… it’s ok if
the napkins don’t match the placemats perfectly.
you don’t need to go overboard with the gifts.
My husband and I were talking about our favorite gifts from our
childhood and it should be no surprise we couldn’t actually remember any. We can
however recall our most memorable Christmas (for me it was my first white
Christmas). So put down the credit card and focus on making the day a memorable
experience. As I tell my husband “my present to him is… my presence alone.”
Say No! If your schedule is full, your schedule is full… no need to over extend
yourself. People will understand, after all most of our schedules are chaotic
during the holidays.
help is available there is no shame accepting it – you are only human.
it short & sweet. Try to remember you can not pick your family or change
their behavior; the only person you can control is you.
Well. The holidays are full of delicious sweets and indulgences, but remember
not to go overboard. Overindulgence will only add to your stress.
Some Exercise. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress and combat any
overindulgence. While you may not be
able to keep up your usual fitness routine, you’ll be surprised at what a brisk
10 minute walk will do.
all else fails, throw your arms in the air and embrace the crazy holiday
season!! After all, the holidays will
pass quick enough and you will be back to your old self in no time.