Happy Wednesday everyone! Can you believe it’s December already? I just don’t know how the year went by so fast. The holidays are coming up quickly, and for some of us, that means some added stress throughout the month. On Monday, we talked about some ways to reduce holiday stress.
This is an exciting and happy time for many, but for just as many others, it can be an exceptionally stressful time. And this year we have the added challenges associated with COVID.
Have you ever heard the saying, “The best defense is a good offense”? I would say that definitely applies here. Being proactive in deciding what we can do to avoid being stressed out and how we’ll handle any stress we do feel can give us the tools we need to actually enjoy our month.
For our Wellness Wednesday question this week, we’ll take a look at our personal stressors and how we can reduce them.
This week, let’s ask ourselves:
You may notice that one of the questions is about taking care of our overall wellness. This is because if we stick to our healthy behaviors, we’re better able to handle any stressful situations we do encounter.
And trust me – there will probably be a few. On Monday afternoon — after posting about reducing stress that morning — I told my Hubby I felt like a big ole ball of stress. Our dog is extremely ill; I had been having a heck of a time getting the Stress Less December Calendar done; and I had gotten a phone call from a loved one who was upset by things at work.
Though I was flustered temporarily, I realized I couldn’t stay that way. I had to let go of the things I couldn’t control and act on the ones I could.
Many of us have those pop-up stressors we have to deal with. Sometimes we just have to realize there may things we can’t control. BUT we can control how we react to them. Maintaining our healthy behaviors and having a plan for how we’ll handle stressors can make a huge difference.
Like so many other things, each person is different. We may have to do a little soul-searching and a little experimenting to figure out what works for us. Doing that can help us enjoy our holidays even more.
What is the month of December like for you? Is it joyful, stressful, or somewhere in between? What tips can you share about how you reduce stress? Please share!