Dealing With Holiday Stress
For some people the holiday stress has begun. It is just few weeks to some of the big holidays. Where did the time go? The thought of these makes me happy because Christmas is my favorite holiday season. Although, I don’t have big plans this year but all the same, I am excited about the forthcoming holidays. Don’t judge me. It is November and thanksgiving is around the corner and before you know it is Christmas and then comes the New Year. I am grateful for the blessings in my life and I am looking forward to new beginnings and blessings.
However, as the day draws by, a lot of things are beginning to ring in my mind. This month for sure promise to be busy for me. I have a lot to do before the holiday gets here. Not completing those tasks before the months ends means it would have to wait till next year. The truth is I just want to chill this holiday season and I do not want to carry over any task to the coming year. It’s been an eventful year and I can’t wait for the New Year to come. The pressure to meet up is real and it becoming exhausting.
The other day, I was studying for a test but I just couldn’t concentrate. The feeling of how I am so behind on my tasks kept coming to my mind. I had no choice but to close my book, I listened to a few songs and then went out to grab me a smoothie. My intention was to go through the drive through to buy my smoothie. But the thought of going home and seeing all those work in front of me that needs to be done wasn’t going to make me enjoy my smoothie. So I changed my mind and decided to go into the café to drink my smoothie and do some quick reflection. The ambiance of the café was just so peaceful and serene and I was able to come up with two tips to help me deal with this holiday stress.
1.Create a to-do list. I always struggle with to-do list. I get the first, second and third item check off and just forget about it till the deadline comes. But for this instance I am challenging myself to follow it to the end. So far I have done well and I want it to stay that way. I have completed a few of the major task but there are still more.
2.Forget perfect. I lam one of those who loves to make sure everything is perfect. Perfectionism can induce stress and I have felt the effect more this season. Sometime I came up with to deal with this perfect syndrome is to create realistic image. Forget perfect and strive to do the best result you can. Focus on what really matters.
How do you deal with holiday stress? Let me know in the comment below.