Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Do you feel a little extra edgy this time of year? Let's face it the holidays may bring out the beautifulness of our homes and trees and the act of cooking and gift giving, but sometimes it brings out our ugly stressed out side too.
So many people push themselves so hard during the season to make everything right, and perfect, and making sure all the t's are crossed and the i's are dotted that they literally run themselves in the ground. A simple way to get through this time of year is to make lists and prioritize, and remember you can only do what you do and what you can afford. Guilt makes people do ridiculous things in December and brings on the feeling that whatever they do it may not be enough.
I am sure we have just completely forgot what the holidays are really about and have created this illusion in our mind that rather than a time of love, happiness and friends and family, it is all about the mighty dollar and shopping. I guess it could be a little of the latter but get a grip, the world will not come to an end if you forget someone on your list or that you do not go overboard. I know many people that travel during the holidays every couple of years, they leave, they do not shop, no tree, no decorations and believe it or not, they have a great holiday and they do not sweat a thing while they are gone.
So when you get overwhelmed, stand back and take a good look at how ridiculous we are this time of year and how utterly crazy we allow ourselves to be. Take some extra B- Complex everyday for this stress you have allowed yourself to create, double your intake of nightly calcium, because you know all that extra walking at the malls makes your legs sore, and read yesterday's blog on better sleep to shut yourself down. You can also carry some Kava with you for those edgy afternoons when you find yourself stalking the person that took the last laughing Elmo doll and you are plotting a way to get it from them.
Finally, chill, enjoy the holidays, and be thankful for all the great things in your life, and make decisions about the bad stuff so you can change them and make them as good as everything else.