I find it hard to believe that we are only a week away from Christmas. This month has flown by, and come to think of it, the whole year has really gone by quickly. I’m sure many of you have already participated in your fair share of holiday parties and activities. While the holiday season can be wonderful in so many ways, it can bring with it a lot of stress and sadness. Stress due to all of the things we feel we SHOULD do, like baking and entertaining, and the financial burden that comes with the commercialism of Christmas. And sadness because many people do not have the social connections that are featured in every Hallmark Christmas movie. Society (Hollywood) has set the standard of what the holiday season should look like and for most people that is just not realistic. Not everyone has a family they enjoy being around, or the financial freedom to put presents under the tree. No matter what your holiday season looks like, here are three ideas for keeping your sanity.
1) Get connected. Whether you are alone during the holidays or surrounded by family, the holiday season is a wonderful time to celebrate humanity. Think larger than yourself and consider volunteering for a soup kitchen or community agency. If religion in your thing, get involved in your Church or temple.
2) Say no. That is, say no when you want to. You don’t have to be a part of every holiday party or cookie exchange. Participate in the events that you really want to and that are meaningful for you.
3) Focus on health. As in, get enough Zzz’s, don’t forget to exercise, and feed your body with healthy nutrients. Ok, who am I kidding, the best part of the holiday season is the food. It is okay to enjoy a holiday feast, but don’t use the season as an excuse to gorge yourself at every gathering.
No matter what holiday you celebrate, I (and everyone at PPC) wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2014. Stay tuned for the next post on January 1, 2014!