Hey there, it is Kitt and it is holiday time again so remember to make it about the people and traditions you love. The holidays offer plenty of reasons to be stressed out and anxious -- the gifts you haven’t wrapped, the pile of cookie exchange invites, the office parties. But for many, the biggest source of holiday stress is family -- the family dinner, the obligations, and the burden of family tradition. And if you’re fighting clinical depression, or have had depression in the past, the holiday stress can be a trigger for more serious problems.
Now let's throw in a pinch of frustration with your contractor and you are close to hitting the wall of anxiety. You have worked so hard to come this far so try and let go of the fears that anxiety can provoke and only do what you enjoy over the holidays.
First, ask yourself this: What about the holidays gets you down? Once you cut through the vague sense of dread and identify specific problems, you can deal with them directly. For many people, holiday stress is triggered by unhappy memories and toxic people whom you normally would not even be in the same room with the rest of the year.
The holidays can highlight everything that’s changed in your life this past year so focus on the things you have accomplished and are happy about, surround yourself with people that love you and let them know how much you care about them. Making others feel good helps make us feel good.
It’s cold and flu season and your immune system is under assault. You have already found a nasty upper respiratory infection so it is time to treat yourself gently. Drink lots of liquids, be sure to eat foods high in Vitamin C, use a humidifier in your bedroom at night to help break up a stuffy head. Rest, and rest some more. Watch Christmas family movies because they are sappy and you don't have to try hard to figure out the plot.
And, like me, buy your cookies at the bakery if you choose to. I have given up "family traditions' years ago that were centered around me doing all the work and the family having fun. It is sometimes ok to turnover the task to someone else.
And remember to take those big breaths and relax.
~~Kitt~~Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis,
GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease. "She Stood in the Storm & When the Wind Did Not Blow Her Away, She Adjusted Her Sails."