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*~*
My dear friend, you cannot sleep through all the challenges in your life. I have some great ideas for what you might do.......................
Does your salvation army serve Christmas Dinners to all. You could volunteer there and see the greatful looks on the faces of the homeless.
It is time to climb out of the dark hole. Join us.
Well I think my weekend was Holiday stress and today things have calmed down.
I am practicing staying in the moment..................Merry Holidays.............ho ho ho.
Lets hear from more members.
This sounds lame but...
I like to chase the elfs around the shopping mall...keeps me sane!
I like to sit on Santa's lap and then I can tell him to put coal in my hubbies stocking when he is naughty.
Ho Ho Ho.
I never thought about chasing the elves around the Mall. Kitt, I actually did sit on Santa's lap two years ago and had my picture taken with him and I actually framed it and gave it to my twin sis as a Christmas present. She loved it.
This year my family has decided it is really all about the kids and presents. We adults have enough "stuff" so are foregoing the gift exchange stuff this year as money is tight for me and the rest of the family actually went along with me requesting we put the adults gift exchange on hold.
I know a few of the adults were kinda bumbed about it but they all have spouses so will still be getting presents. To me it's not about presents.
I have actually been for the last two months working on writing special poems and/or a letter to each member of my family as a special Christmas surprise. I don't know if people will appreciate them or what but I really want to voice to each adult member of my family what they mean to me and why. That is what Christmas is about to me.
Great thread by the way.
Anxiety 2007; IBS 2004; Chronic Hives 2002. Medications: Allegra, Zantac, Xanax, Darvocet.
Great post. Christmas is about the children and families and caring about others. Your family is right on track.
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.