The holidays are coming, and it’s the happiest time of the year...so why aren’t you happy? This question is on the minds of millions of people now through New Years. It’s ok to be more stressed or even anxious than excited during this time. There are a lot of reasons to be worried. Perhaps you need to work out your budget, you need to buy the supplies, you’re worried about rough family dynamics, you may not be thrilled to see your family, maybe you’re just plain tired. You are not alone, and it is ok to feel stress and overwhelmed this time of year, which is why we wrote you three tips on handling holiday stress.
Acknowledge Your Feelings
The first step in working on your feelings is to acknowledge them. Emotions cannot be triggered like an on/off switch. They are the natural results to our surroundings. A way to internalize what is happening to us and around us. In that sense, all emotions are good and beautiful.
But when you’re feeling anxious, depressed, over overwhelmed, it sucks. It’s ok to feel that way, and can even be healing to just tell yourself “I’m anxious, I’m depressed, I’m overwhelmed...and it sucks.” Acknowledging both your feelings, and how you feel about those feelings is the first step to confronting them.
Call on Patience
Emotions come and go. Although the holidays are a time of celebration, you are not in control of whatever emotions come to you. After acknowledging your emotions, understand that they are there, and that emotions are never permanent. Like a clouds moving in the sky, they come and they go.
Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is to let the clouds go pass by.
Take time for Yourself
Stress is the natural result of someone refusing to properly rest themselves. During the holidays it can be so easy to get so overwhelmed that you don’t rest at all for those two months. Rest is non-negotiable, and refusing to rest during this time will only intensify feelings of stress, anxiousness, and even depression.
If you need help, then consider getting a massage. Sometimes we need someone there to move the toxins out of our system so that we can even begin to relax, and a nice massage in the holiday season is the perfect solution for that problem.