It’s so funny that the most wonderful time of the year is also one of the most stressful. As we talked about last week, the social engagements make December one of our favorite seasons. Unfortunately, the gift buying pressure and endless amounts of “on” time can leave us in need of some serious R & R (along with a snifter or two of J & B).
Sadly, we can’t hand you boozy shots through the blog. What we can do though is help make this last week before Christmas a little easier by giving you a few last minute solutions to accommodate some holiday stress relief. Whether you need to take some “you” time, get in some much needed shopping or just need a gentle reminder of what Christmas is all about, we gotcha covered!
Holiday Stress Relief Solution #1: “You” Time.
Being around friends and family at this time of year is fantastic. No doubt about it. But sometimes we just need some space here and there to not have to be “on”. Grabbing a few moments – be it an evening, a day, or even just 5 minutes – to be alone can have wondrous effects on our psyches, giving us more energy to deal with the tasks – and people – at hand.
It’s no secret that “me” time is a valued, if not often scarce resource. There are a lot of pressures to be social, be at work, be there, be present, be busy, etc… And during the holiday season those ideals get even louder (literally). But one thing I’ve learned over the years is that taking just a few minutes to shut up and shut out makes all the difference – it allows me to re-charge, re-group, regulate & relieve anxiety. Think of it like a mental coffee break – it doesn’t mean you don’t care, it just means you need a moment to breathe.
To find time for some much needed “me” time, plan it out. Make a date with yourself and let people know you’ll be unavailable during that time. Give people the credit they deserve by letting them know what’s going on and expecting they’ll understand, Then, turn off the cell phone, shut down the computer, lock the door and do your thing. Start small then work up to larger periods of time if possible.
As cheesy as it sounds, make time for you. You – and everyone around you – will thank you for it.
Holiday Stress Relief Solution #2: Last Minute Shopping.
It’s less than a week before Christmas and you still have gifts to buy. Maybe it’s for your significant other, perhaps it’s your boss or administrative assistant, or even that neighbor who never fails to bring your trash cans in while you’re away. Point is, you still need to get something for someone important and you either aren’t sure what to get them or you’re too busy (see point number one) to brave one more trip to the mall.
Solution: Get them a gourmet food basket. Everyone likes to eat, everyone needs food. Especially at this time of year. A beautiful and insanely delicious food basket is one of the most useful and applicable and welcome gifts you can give. Not only will the recipient enjoy mowing down on it themselves, but it could help to provide some holiday stress relief for them; Not sure what to bring to yet another party? Grab a few items from the basket and they’re SET! Ah, the beauty of a food-based gift basket… It doesn’t get any better than that!
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Holiday Stress Relief Solution #3: The Meaning of Christmas.
This is a big one. When all heck is raining down, shoppers are checking you through the check out, the roads are clogged with fellow drivers, that end of the year deadline is looming, the family is asking you about when you’re going to do X, Y, Z and you just don’t think you can stomach one more Christmas cookie, stop. That’s right, stop. And remember what Christmas is really about. All this frazzle dazzle really is meant to be fun – take a breath, smile and say “merry Christmas”.
Yes, you’re busy. And so is everybody else. But we’re also meant to connect with each other during the holiday season and forget grudges and start anew. Enjoy the time you have with your family, friends and strangers, be joyous and remember: all that matters is this moment. How will you make it merry?