Maybe it’s the change in the weather, all the relatives showing up at your house, or the crush of too much to do, too little time and way too much perfectionism that make the holiday season feel like a pressure cooker rather than a blissful event.
If you are feeling uptight, stretched thin and frazzled like a curly ribbon atop a holiday gift, then it is definitely time for a holiday pause!
A holiday pause takes only a minute but can bring you from boiling to calm in as quick as the twinkle in the bearded man’s eye! Here goes:
- Remember what it’s all about. Take a minute to jot down the real meaning of the season for you. This will help you quickly reconnect to your authentic values and stop you from buying that thing that will bust your budget.
- Stop right where you are and take a deep breath, really look around and notice the sights, sound and smells that surround you. This will slow you down enough to catch your breath and maybe even get a glimpse of a holiday miracle right before your very eyes.
- We all love our family traditions, but sometimes it is time for a change. When we loosen our grip on the way we think things “should be,” we might be surprised to find that change can be the perfect spice in our eggnog.
Sharon Kelly, LCSW, is an account manager and counselor at CONCERN Behavioral and Management Solutions, an affiliate of Atlantic Health System.