Identify Your Stressors
Oftentimes people feel that they need to fulfill a rigid view of what a traditional holiday celebration is. For example, having Thanksgiving dinner at 7:00 pm on Thursday every year. Give yourself some flexibility and adjust to your circumstances. The shift of perspective will allow you to relieve any pressure off of you.
Do What Works For You
Pinpoint what you want out of the holidays. What do they mean to you? Is it about the meal? Is it about time with your family? Don’t think that you have to celebrate in a traditional way. People have different life circumstances, especially in the medical field where holidays can be mandatory. Let the kids open their presents if you aren’t going to be home, or whatever puts less pressure on you.
Ask For Help
Sometimes we need help. Whether that’s additional support from your spouse, family, or a coach. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help or guidance. Acknowledging any potentially stressful situation coming up, and planning for it will help you lower the pressure. A proactive approach is the healthiest way to go about it.
Enjoy The Holidays and Be Grateful
Ultimately it should be an enjoyable time with family, and it shouldn’t be stressful. Outsource a little bit if you can, like on the night everyone is flying in you could make it a takeout night. It’s all about making it a less stressful situation. It’s easy to take things for granted in day-to-day life, but the holidays should be approached with a different mindset. Be grateful for the little things like being able to fly to see family because a lot of people can’t afford to do that. Good luck this holiday season, and remember to enjoy it!
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