Wednesday, December 18, 2013

'Tis the Season of Madness

It really doesn't change, this holiday madness time of year.  Some years it isn't too bad, but others make us want to crawl in bed and not climb out again until spring.

With Christmas only a week away, gasp...choke...faint and back to back deadlines looming into late February, the idea of crawling into a cave--hopefully a warm one--and staying there until sanity returns is whispering in the back of my mind.

Yes, life can be stressful, and holidays even more so.  There's never enough time.  There's never enough money.  There's never enough parking spots.  At the same time there's an abundance...of lists, chores, deadlines, wants and needs.  And yet we manage to do it, year after year, and actually survive.

If holiday stress is taking its toll on you this year, below are some quick, online tips to help lend a calming holiday for you and yours.  Simply taking time out to read them might help a little.  Giving thought to them might help even more.

So here they are, those tips to get you through the most stressful time of the year.  Click on the links to read more about each tip.

From Psychology Today...
10 Tools for Dealing with Holiday Stress and Depression

  1. Keep your expectations balanced.
  2. Don't try to do too much.
  3. Don't isolate.
  4. Don't overspend.
  5. Mourning is appropriate at times.
  6. Treat depression wisely
  7. Watch your diet and get some exercise.
  8. Be aware of the Post Holiday Syndrome.
  9. Plan Ahead.
  10. Learn forgiveness and acceptance.

5 Practical Tips To Deal With Holiday Stress: The RELAX Paradigm
  1. Remember what the holidays are truly about.
  2. Exercise.
  3. Listen to music that you love.
  4. Ask for help.
  5. eXtricate yourself from unnecessary socializing.

from Psych Central...
Coping with the Holidays: Eight Ideas for De-Stressing the Holidays
  1. Remember the spirits of the season.
  2. Be a friend.
  3. Remember the family members who are no longer present.
  4. Discuss the issue of presents with your family.
  5. Practice moderation in preparing holiday meals and consuming holiday goodies.
  6. Plan enough time for shopping.
  7. Understand that others may be stressed out.
  8. Be grateful.

There are more tips, lists and articles at Psych Central's Coping with the Holidays.

Check the Mayo Clinic suggestions.
Stress, depression and the holidays: Tips for coping from the Mayo Clinic
  1. Acknowledge your feelings.
  2. Reach out.
  3. Be realistic.
  4. Set aside differences.
  5. Stick to a budget.
  6. Plan ahead.
  7. Learn to say no.
  8. Don't abandon healthy habits.
  9. Take a breather.
  10. Seek professional help if you need it. 
Read more here.

Wishing you and yours Seasons Greetings, a very Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!
Christmas... is not an external event at all, but a piece of one's home that one carries in one's heart. ~ Freya Stark 

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