The Holidays are stressful at times, right? We know stress can affect everything in our lives – good and bad. We want more good than bad of course.
It’s that time of the year, where things get crazy fast! I know for me, it seems the days will get shorter and shorter during these next few weeks. Before you know it, you’ll blink an eye at it’s Christmas already. As I write this, Halloween and Thanksgiving have come and gone, and Christmas is here! Crazy, right?! Where does time go!
These times can be so stressful, right? Deadlines at work, kids out of school for various holiday breaks – you’re like, what do I do with them? School functions, holiday parties, and don’t let me forget the travel that you may have to do. So, how do we stress less and get a little more rest when there seems to be none in sight?
Great question! I’m not gonna say it will be easy, because it probably won’t be, but there sure are ways that you can minimize it.
I’m also not gonna pretend all my holidays over the years have been peachy keen, it wasn’t probably until the last couple years that they have been stress-free. I was like enough is enough. I was tired of gaining weight every holiday, and not feeling good in my clothes. It wasn’t the weight that bothered me much, just the way I felt as a whole. Dealing with family, especially when I traveled – the worst is trying to visit and appease everyone.
You know how the family gets if you don’t visit long enough or come by and see them right away. I’m like; Y’all got the nerve, I’m the one that drove thousands of miles to visit. Heck, visit me over here.
Another stressor is gift buying! Holiday buying can add up quickly, especially when you have a big family, travel, and all the other festivities that go on between now and Christmas.
One thing to remember about the Holidays is that it can be Holiday or Christmas rest and not Holiday/Christmas stress. One thing to do is bring your focus back to what Christmas is all about. It’s not just about gifts. It’s about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – that is if you believe. If not, definitely no judgment from me – nothing but love! It’s also spending time with our loved ones and being 100% present, you can’t do that if you are stressed to the max about gifts and such!
As for the stress of spending and how to deal with that – Be mindful of how much you are spending. Heck, if you ain’t got it, don’t spend it. Big family? Draw names for gift buying, or limit gift prices. The last thing you want is to be stressed and in debt, and credit cards maxed out once January 1st rolls around.
In my mind, Christmas and debt shouldn’t go hand in hand. If that’s the case, you might as well leave all the Christmas and Holiday décor up after the 1st, because Christmas is still going on for you.