Have you come across the term ‘Stressmas’?
A word play on ‘Christmas’, it highlights the amount of strain, anxiety, and tension that people can experience at this time of year. As much as many of us
love the festive season, let’s be honest, it can be a difficult period too.
Why is this?
Because Christmas memories are biased. They are based in childhood when things are magical and memories are of Santa, presents, food and family time. Naturally so, those memories don’t include the exhaustive preparation, the endless cooking or the pots and pans to scrub. Christmas can be a really special time of year, but it is also a huge hassle, especially for those who bear the brunt of the responsibilities.
Can you relate? I know I can!
Giving to others is expounded as a classic characteristic of Christmas, but it is also important to give to yourself. You have the right to enjoy Christmas just as much as anyone else. It is not realistic to assume that this time of year will be relaxed and symptom-free simply because it’s Christmas. Just because things are supposed to be fun and festive, doesn’t mean that they are or that you have to be.
Let's try to accept that it can be a stressful time and allow yourself to have feelings about that.
Here are some quick Christmas survival tips:
☆ Expect to get stressed
☆ Make some alone time for yourself
☆ Choose which elements of Christmas you want to adopt
☆ Find time to exercise – it’s a great way to de-stress
☆ Share the load
☆ Lower expectations, of yourself and of Christmas
☆ Give more time to preparation.
☆ Finally, and most importantly, make Christmas your own.
What I mean by this is, if you want to be with family, do it. If you want to be alone, do it. If you want to eat Chinese, do it. If you want to go on holidays, do it. Ask yourself how you would like Christmas to be, and little by little, move in that direction.
It might not be perfect this year, or any year, but by honouring yourself and what you want or need, more balance can be found and ‘Stressmas’ can turn back into Christmas.
Our next Rest & Reset online workshop will look upon the theme of restoring balance in our lives. An ideal opportunity to take 2 hours out for yourself at this busy time!!!
By teasing through topics such as busy & rest, yin & yang, masculine & feminine, introvert & extrovert, Jannah will support us to move from polarity to balance the opposites.
Looking forward to seeing you then,
Vivianne, Carina & Jannah.
Carina Kennedy was formerly a Nurse, now a Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist living in the west of Ireland. Her passion is food, health and teaching clients to gain control of their life with simple techniques.