Good morning, Dear Readers! I hope this post finds everyone well today! 🙂
I was just thinking.. is it me or is it hard to believe that Christmas will be here in only 11 short days?! TIme sure flies.. wow! I know like me, many of you can’t wait for it to be a thing of the past. I was talking to a friend a few days ago who shares this sentiment. It’s amazing how many of us there are, & how many of us feel this way for similar reasons- family or in-laws have made the holidays so stressful rather than relaxing & enjoyable. It’s sad.
Have you created some “stay well” strategies to get you through the holidays? If not, here are some suggestions..
- Be gentle with yourself. If you don’t feel up to going to a party or doing something holiday related, then don’t do it. It’s ok! The Earth will continue to spin..
- If you have pushy relatives or in-laws who demand you spend the day with them, you need to do what you are comfortable with, whether they like it or not. How would it benefit anyone for you to allow others to dictate how you spend the day? You’ll be miserable, & controlling people get their way. This just is NOT good for anyone involved!
- Why not suggest getting together with others on a day near the holidays, not on the day itself? Would it really be so terrible to get together with Mom & Dad on Christmas eve or the day after Christmas instead of Christmas day?
- Do nice little things for yourself.
- Don’t over-extend yourself. If you don’t want to send out Christmas cards, then don’t. If you can’t afford to get everyone gifts, don’t. Or, if you feel you must give something, try making special gifts- many people (like me) prefer something home made to store bought anyway. Try baking cookies for everyone. Or making special decorations. Or, make a cake for each family.
- Find ways to relax.
- Talk to understanding friends or relatives about why you feel the way you do about the holidays. Maybe they can help you change your perspective. (Even if you don’t end up loving the holidays, you may be able to change how you look at them- instead of them being a day of negativity for you, maybe you can begin to look at them as a day to spend relaxing, either by yourself or with your significant other)
- Pray. God loves you & understands you. He won’t judge you for how you feel.
- If you have a significant other, see how he/she would feel about creating new holiday traditions for just the two of you. If you two have kids, why not get the kids in on it too?
- Speaking of significant others, if he/she wants to spend the day with the parents rather than you, like many adult children of dysfunctional &/or controlling parents do, try looking at the day not as a lonely day for you, but as a day to yourself where you can do whatever you like. Watch old movies, order Chinese food, read that book you’ve been wanting to read, paint your bedroom, turn up your favorite old music & dance around your house like crazy! Have fun!