Later this month, many will begin preparing holiday feasts, attending parties and shopping obsessively for the perfect presents, all while counting blessings and enjoying the company of family and friends.
Millions will also spend it focused on reducing stress instead of spreading cheer.
From long lines to even longer lists, there are numerous opportunities to become mired in holiday strain, but experts say it can be overcome by tailoring festivities to your liking, as opposed to mimicking the grandiose displays reflected .
It's easy to get caught up in the enthusiasm of the holidays. However, if you don't take time for yourself, you'll quickly get burnt out and stressed out. Give yourself the gift of "alone" time. Fifteen minutes of solitude, without any distractions, may refresh you enough to handle the tasks at hand. Take a walk, listen to calming music, or meditate, or as I do, come here and post your feelings and thoughts as this is your private spot.
I have given up guilt and found I feel oh so much better during the holidays. Bakers Square makes good pies and so it goes. I cooked the huge meal every Christmas for 32 years and then I decided it is my family I was to spend time with not who makes the best green bean casserole.
Share with us ways to remain in the moment during the holidays.
Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
I usually get the holiday blues but I have learned ways to beat the bad feelings. First of all most of us are in much better shape than those who have lost their homes whether it be from hurricanes, mortgage meltdown or fires. Think of those poor people who truly have lost everything. It puts things in perspective. The economy is bad so we all have to scale back. I have only my 2 sons so that makes it easier at least for gifts. And I have told them we are only having a few gifts this year and I will fix a nice dinner and we will enjoy our tree and all of the decorations. I am always alone on Xmas Eve but I have learned to get by. I sit by my tree, pick up something special to eat and watch some Xmas movies on TV. I am finding this good down time for me without all the rush to ger somewhere I don't really want to be and I don't have to get dressed up. So it is possible to turn a situation around for the better. Think of the poor and homeless who have to stand in line for a holiday meal and how much they appreciate this. I have volunteered at a soup kitchen so I know how much these people need and appreciate what we do for them. Most of all, thank God for the blessings we have.Do just one thing for someone else less fortunate and you will benefit so much more.
Just wanted to share with you something I did today. I was rushing around getting what I need for my part for Thanksgiving. I came out of the store and this young girl came up to me and asked for the nearest metro stop so she could get back to her university. I explained that the closest stop was more than 2 miles away. She asked about a bus but there aren't any bus stops close to where I was. She was not dressed warmly enough I coud see, no mittens or hat. I said come with me and I will drive you to the metro. She got in the car with me and we talked a little. She is from Taiwan - a long way to be away from your family. She was so grateful that I drove her to the train. It only took me a few extra minutes to take her but I really felt good about being able to help someone. Everyone has an angel on their shoulder. You never know when you will need one. (however, i'm no angel, i'm just me.)
There are truly angels here on earth. Aurora, that was you being an angel, helping others. Your always ready with a kind word and help for everyone.
Snowflake, I believe in your experience, there are people that can see what others cannot. Thanks you so much for sharing.
Karen you are an angel of giving as your always making and giving things to others.
I would love to be able to help the people who are in a bad place right now do to the economy. I pray that it will not get worse but I know my Christmas spending has had to be cut to 1/2 of what I normally used to spend and that is ok. I do hate to put the sales people at the mall out of jobs thow.
Hugs to all and come on everyone............share with us.
Right on everyone. Come on all join in...........what will you do to keep the stress down and feel good over the holidays.
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Hurrah..take care of the needy and the people with illnesses who may be experiencing their last Christmas.
I have adopted the Cancer Hope Lodge and intend to donate time to help them with their Christmas festivies. Most of the patients that are capable will go home for Christmas but not everyone can do that.
The Ronald McDonald Home is only a few blocks away and I am betting some new toys would be welcome.
I have a friend who lost her son to aids/HIV several years ago. I always make a donation to the aids charity here in his memory. Also we have a chain of grocery stores where you can contribute food items to the needy. I always buy a few extra things that people would like and some staples. It breaks my heart to see people go hungry, especially children. And I never pass by the Salvation Army kettles without putting in a handful of change. Let's all pray that the coming year will show an improvement in the economy and that people will be able to get back on their feet and get jobs.
Those are really special things you do. It makes me feel so good to read the way people handle the stress.
Thomas, I am so sorry about your Father. I do like your making new traditions of your own. that is what we are doing to.
I hope you enjoy your holiday and stick with us.Kitt
Bless you and your family. It is good to hear you are finding the care and comfort of the HealingWell Family. I look forward to getting to knowyou better.
Great answers everyone..........keep it going. We need to lift ourselves up. Traditions of Christmas have gotten lost in all the commercialism IMHO.
The wreath has significant meaning for the season. It's circular shape represents eternity, for it has no beginning and no end.
Today, it is sometimes hard to remember the real meaning of Christmas. We get all caught up in the hype of Santa and his arrival. The wreath over the hearth brings a warmth to our hearts as we stop to reflect upon the true meaning of this very special day.
Whenever I look at a wreath I will think of each of you with special thoughts and prayers for a peaceful holiday.