As I was considering what to write for this blog, I decided to share an article I wrote for the EntrepreNews newsletter in November of 2010. It can also be found on my website. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
From Stressful to (Nearly) Stress-free Holidays
“’Tis the season to be jolly” or is it the season for “Bah, humbug!”? There is no doubt that holidays can be stressful. Using a few ideas can help to reduce holiday stress and bring the “jolly” back.
The first thing to do is to “light”-en up! Look at your expectations. Are they realistic? Or are you looking for the picture-perfect image you have seen portrayed in ads and in “made for television movies”? Remember, these things are made to play on your emotions and to get you to spend money with a particular company with the idea that their product will bring you happiness! See these images for what they are and let go of your expectations to duplicate them. Realize that real holidays are made with real people, not actors or models that you can position where you want to create a perfect picture. Accept imperfection and take a picture anyway.
Next, do you really have to spend a lot of money to enjoy the holidays? Invest time with your loved ones instead of money. People tend to feel guilty about what they did or didn’t do earlier in the year so they try to make it up to others during the holidays by spending money on them. This will not accomplish the goal of eliminating the guilt, but it will add more stress and more guilt when the VISA bill arrives.
Finally, take time to take good care of yourself. People tend to think they don’t have time for self-care during the holidays so they stop their exercise programs, stop meeting with friends, and stop taking time to unwind because there is so much to do. You will find that you will have more energy to accomplish all that you want to during the holidays if you take time to exercise, connect with others and relax. Aahh…maybe it is a season to be jolly…
Kolleen Meyer-Krikac, owner of Balanced Life and Wilshire Business Suites, located in Lincoln, NE is a certified life coach and professional counselor in private practice. She facilitates workshops, is a public speaker and enjoys helping people to “Dream, Plan, Achieve” the life they have always wanted. Balanced Life offers individual life coaching, small group coaching, speaking and seminars on topics such as: time management, organizational skills, maintaining energy & eliminating drains, achieving balance, self-care, and overcoming procrastination. You can reach Kolleen through her website, Balanced Life (www.balanced-life.us), LinkedIn, Facebook or by calling her at (402) 499-5547. She is writing a book on creating a balanced life and will be offering workshops on this topic, soon. Check the website or call for more information.