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by Anne Meyers MA NCC

Managing Holiday Stress Who could forget the scene in A Christmas Story when the Bumpus hounds devour the Christmas turkey? Aaaah, those furry wrecking balls of holiday hopes and dreams. The holidays are filled with anticipation, and also, stressors: upcoming parties, presents to buy, food to make, Secret Santa presents to pull together, and schedules to match up with extended family. Before you know it, it’s January. You may feel exhausted, disappointed and wondering where December went. How can you make the most of the holidays before they are over? Here are four tips to help you thrive during this busy season: 1. Limit your expectations and enjoy the moments. Sometimes, family meltdowns can occur when your expectation of what is “supposed” to happen on the special day doesn’t happen. Pick 2-3 family traditions that are (a) simple and easy to achieve, and (b) “must do’s”. Try to let go of other expectations. 2. Learn to say no. If you have difficulty saying no, do a practice session or two of saying “no” with a friend or loved one. This can help you feel more comfortable setting boundaries for yourself so that you do not overextend. 3. Practice self-care. How do you take care of yourself? It can be as easy as setting aside 20 minutes at the end of the day to read, coloring with your child, or taking the dog for a short walk. Your goal is to decide what makes you feel good and to do it regularly. This will help replenish your energy supply so you can make it through the holiday marathon. 4. Let yourself feel without judgment. You made your grandma’s pecan pie recipe but it didn’t turn out well. Now you feel disappointed. Allow yourself time and space to reflect upon your feelings, without judgment. When we try to push “negative” feelings aside, they can build and roar back at us with a vengeance. Give yourself room to feel (and make sure you bought some chocolates or cookies for dessert backup.)

ELIFE magazine Winter 2016  

A dynamic, chic and modern lifestyle magazine about Erie, Colorado and surrounding towns. Please visit our website: www.ELIFEmagazine.org

ELIFE magazine Winter 2016  

A dynamic, chic and modern lifestyle magazine about Erie, Colorado and surrounding towns. Please visit our website: www.ELIFEmagazine.org