The winter holidays are here, and with the right perspective and some advance planning, they can truly be the “most wonderful time of the year.”
Too many of us approach the holidays with unrealistic expectations and that ends up creating unnecessary stress. Many people frustrate themselves by trying to do everything and to do it perfectly. They don’t get to enjoy this time because they exhaust themselves and end up feeling overwhelmed. It’s essential to keep in mind that the whole point of the holidays is not the lavish home cooked meal, the gorgeous table setting or the extravagant gift, but the gathering of the people we love and spending time with each other.
Here are some strategies to minimize holiday stress:
Friction with loved ones can come to the forefront at the holidays and that can create emotional pain. If you know that friction is likely, prepare yourself. Have a response ready so that you are not caught off guard and forced to react. Respond, don’t react. And keep your focus on time with the people you love, enjoy and cherish.