OK In Health - Embracing Change

Embracing the Holidays, the Stress-Free Way! - December 2018

By Lyndsay Blais

A woman and her dog on the couch
“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire… Jack Frost nipping at your nose…”

Well, although I’ve never personally roasted anything other than hotdogs, marshmallows, or the occasional “s’more” on an open fire…there is something about this and other Christmas carols that paint the picture of a peaceful Christmas season and draw me into the illusion that by merely thinking about it, I too, can have the ideal holiday experience that the malls and shops are trying to sell us before we’ve even had time to take down our Halloween decorations!

As well intentioned as one may be to start early and plan ahead to avoid the rushing-around-last-minute kind of stress that is often associated with the Christmas season, many people find themselves experiencing holiday stress due to lack of time to fit it all in – the card writing, cookie baking, parties, concerts, get-togethers, fundraising, volunteering, shopping, wrapping, traveling…year after year, we try to pack so much activity into a few short weeks, then we wonder why we’re stressed!

If you would like to experience a less-stressful December this year, try these easy to apply tips to reduce holiday stress and embrace the holiday season that is headed our way whether we’re ready for it or not.

  1. Envision – You have an idea of what an ideal holiday season would be like for you, so take some time to write down the key elements…this activity can offer some great insights into what your priorities are while providing clues as to the feelings you want to create, which may be achievable in lots of different ways. Love the smell of mulled apple cider but don’t care to drink it? Get a scented candle to create the mood you’re looking for, instant ambience – mess free! Much of our stress comes from a sense that our image and our reality don’t match up, yet we may be hard pressed to pinpoint exactly what’s missing, unless we take the time to clarify our ideal vision. 

  2. Get organized – How much time do you really have? Be realistic and plan in advance starting now! Is there a tradition that is important to you to keep the same as you remember it? What could you change or adjust? Is it important that your home baking come from you? Can you delegate gift wrapping? Another cause of holiday stress comes from not having adequate time to make our vision into reality. If you really want to have home made baking and a Christmas letter in the mail by the 15th, plan now, and take baby steps to execute your plan - it doesn’t have to happen all at once. Use your smaller chunks of time to address cards, or if you have time to make cookie dough, but not enough time to bake, freeze the dough for later. With your vision in mind you will be able to make the most of your available time, time that without your plan, would otherwise be easily wasted.

  3. Hang up your cape - Recognize you don’t need to be a super hero…take into account all of your schedule’s demands, and choose wisely. Where would you like to spend your precious time and energy? Focus on your top 3 priorities, and for now, let the rest go…you’ll be more effective, and your stress will dissipate. Delegate what’s important that you don’t have time to do yourself, and let go of perfection. We all have things on our list that are great to do if we have time, but not worth stressing about if we don’t.

After taking care of your top priorities in the time you have, your next task is to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Getting it all done at the price of getting adequate rest and then being cranky with your loved ones defeats the purpose (see #1 – what is your ideal vision and how do you want to experience the holidays?) Hold that vision while you go about doing what you do, and you will, to quote Bing Crosby, “have yourself a merry little Christmas now.” Season’s Greetings… seize the holidays!

 




Lyndsay BlaisLyndsay's Bio: Lyndsay Blais, creator and facilitator of the Embracing Change Program; Assisting Individuals through Career and Life Transitions. Contact Lyndsay in Penticton, B.C. 250-809-5399 - Email


Penticton Wellness Body and Soul Fair 2019

Copyright © 2004- 2011 OKinHealth.com. This article is of the copyright of OK in Health and the author; any reproduction, duplication and transmission of the article are to have prior written approval by OK in Health or the author.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER
This information and research is intended to be reliable, but its accuracy cannot be guaranteed. All material in this article is provided for information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this newsletter / e-magazine / website. Readers should consult their doctor and other qualified health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being. The information and opinions provided in this newsletter / e-magazine/website are believed to be accurate and sound, based on the best judgment available to the authors. Readers who fail to consult with appropriate health authorities assume the risk of any injuries. The publisher is not responsible for any errors or omissions. OK in Health is not responsible for the information in these articles or for any content included in this article which is intended as a guide only and should not be used as a substitute to seeking professional advice from either your doctor or a registered specialist for yourself or anyone else.
Connect with Us
facebook    twitter

Ferlow botanicals - natural products


Wellness Tip
Appendicitis
Do you know the symptoms of appendicitis? Here is what the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse has to say. Symptoms include pain to the right of the navel (beginning near the navel and moving down to the right), or worsening pain in the same area associated with moving, deep breathing, coughing or sneezing. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting or abdominal swelling. Anyone with symptoms of appendicitis needs to quickly see a doctor.


Maria's Ireland Sacred Tours


Wellness Directory
Being Wellness and Healing ~ Dylan Smeaton
Specialty: Body Talk
Being Wellness & Healing is a wellness & information community that specializes in the importance of holistic awareness and living for everyone. Offering certified BodyTalk treatments...
View Details


Maria's Ireland Sacred Tours


Event
Holistic Market & Psychic Fair
Date: Sep 15, 2019
Location: Kelowna & Central Okanagan
The Holistic Market brings together healing arts practitioners, artists, holistic vendors & speakers in Kelowna every month. Market dates are Sundays 11-4
View Details


Maria's Ireland Sacred Tours


Article
Dietary Guidelines - Part One
This month we look at some dietary guidelines and next month we will look at some sample diet plans to try. Let's start with some simple steps to follow.
Full Article


Ireland Sacred Druide Tour 2020


Recipe
Potato-Rosemary Crusted Fish Fillets
Category: Fish
Description: This simple fish dish is quite elegant with its subtle flavor of rosemary. Don’t worry about a few shreds of potato that remain in the skillet. Serve them over the fish. Pair this entrée with steamed asparagus and a large green salad with tomatoes or serve with steamed rice or vegetables.
Full Recipe


Ferlow botanicals - natural products