Updated 1/6/2022: This is a great Thow Back Thursday post, and it doesn’t have to be just for holidays it can relate to any stressful situation.
LOL! Who doesn’t love Grumpy Cat? 5 days until Christmas, and the seasonal stress is on the rise. The holidays can be especially stressful for people with chronic diseases, like me. I have CKD, and while I do not have high blood pressure, the stress of course can make my blood pressure rise. That can affect my kidney function, and I don’t want that. Not all stress is bad for you. It motivates me and inspires me. My kids scoff at me when I say that, but it is true. I love a good challenge. But stress that is just time-consuming, painful, or limits you, is bad stress. So what are my top 5 tips for staying stress-free during the holidays? Keep reading.
- Know Your Limits. What do I mean by that? I mean know your strengths, weaknesses, what will annoy you, or stress you out. For example I don’t do lots of people, or really loud noises. Unless it is something very important to someone I care about, then I will make every effort to talk myself into it. I sit on the outskirts of a crowd, never in the middle, and if it is going to be really loud I wear ear plugs. We went to an Ed Sheeran concert recently, and even though we were outdoors it was still so loud. If you know something is going to push your stress limits, like a Christmas party, for whatever the reason, just politely say you can not attend. Shop on non busy hours, or shop online, if crowds or standing in line drives you nuts. Traffic, family, friends so many things can be stressful, but it can be managed if you set some limits for yourself. Don’t take on more than you can handle.
- Make A List: What do you have to do, need to do, and want to do? I love lists I make a newst every single week. Somethings I don’t get to, others I have to get to, and then there are things I want to do. This helps me stay organized, and focused. When I work, I keep notes, no personal info, just important things that happen in the day. It is kept in a private notebook, and I can refer back to it when needed. I only work 2 days outside the home, at an ALF, and trust me it is a lot to remember, especially when I have 3 days off until the next work day. A notebook, or journal is a great way to keep your thoughts organized, and use for reflection.
- Stay Within Your Budget: There is nothing more stressful than money issues. There have been years when we spent so much on Christmas that we spent the next year paying for it. This made no sense to me, and if you read my post from last week, then you know we have a 3 gift rule. My husband did not stick to that rule this year, and while I am not letting it stress me out, I am not absolutely thrilled either. If you have not made a budget for Christmas, be sure and do it next year, or any time of the year. Living within your means will relieve a lot of stress.
- Volunteer: Helping others is a great stress reliever. We volunteer for a local pet shelter, and the food pantry. We also do a lot of things with our church. Volunteering can be time consuming, so be sure and pace yourself, so the good thing doesn’t become a stress issue.
- Give It To God: What do I mean by that? I have been a Christian for many years, but still let the negative effects of stress bring me down. Then I learned to give it to God. You don’t have to be a Christian to do this. Whatever your faith, or religion is, use it to your advantage. God is a great resource, so use Him.
I hope everyone can have a peaceful, stress-free holiday season. Be positive, kind, and remember why we celebrate Christmas. Don’t forget next Thursday is the big reveal. My price list, calendar, and available packages will be posted. I have worked very hard on this, and I think potential clients will be pleased. I will only be coaching up to 4 clients at a time. Why? Because, what kind of Health Coach would I be if I bit off more than I could handle. Have a very Merry Christmas!