For most of us, the holiday season brings back memories of our childhood and leads to excitement for time with family and friends. Along with this excitement, the holiday season can also bring increased stress and worry. As we move into the holiday season, it is good time to take stock and plan for the coming weeks. Here are a few things to consider.
- Take time for yourself. The holiday season can be exciting with shopping, cooking, preparing. Do not forget to take time for yourself–be sure to continue healthy life patterns that you observe during the rest of the year. Get plenty of sleep. Get your exercise.
- Enjoy time with your family and friends. Try not to set unrealistic expectations. Enjoy the moment and remember that while the gift may not always be what you wanted, it was given by someone who cares about you.
- Create opportunities to say something nice. The holiday season can be a very hectic and rushed time; it is easy to forget about those around you. Remember the golden rule, and treat others how you would want to be treated. Besides, it can make you feel good.
- Observe old traditions. These help us feel safe and secure and grounded to the past.At the same time, they can help you feel positive about the future.
- Begin new traditions. Create some excitement and sense of belonging by creating a new tradition.
- Share with others. Take a moment to share a treat with co-workers or other important people in your life.
- Set realistic expectations. We never get everything we want. Instead, enjoy the opportunity for time with family and friends.
Maybe it is best said in the following:
“It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!”… Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!” ~Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
If you need help during this holiday season, LSS can help. Call 1-855-334-2953 or visit www.counseling.lsssd.org.