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WW Question: Reducing Stress During the Holidays

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:

Teal background with white conversation bubble that reads, "What are some of the things that tend to stress me out this time of year? What can I do to make them less impactful? What are some things I can do to make sure I'm taking care of my overall wellness this month?"

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!

Blessings,

~Terri

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22 comments

    1. Thanks so much Dorothy! I agree – there is definitely a degree of complexity in trying to get things done this year. I’m grateful we have so many options available to us for shopping, etc. It has certainly made my life easier.😊 Here’s hoping you have a stress-free December!

      1. I’m glad you were able to get your shopping done. I did most of mine online this year. I did go out early yesterday morning to pick up a couple of things to finish off my shopping too. Like you, I’ve never been done this early!

      2. Our local businesses and artists have done the same thing. I think it’s awesome that they’ve been able to do that so that we can shop online and still support our local places.

  1. What’s interesting Terri is that for me, this time of the year is the best. For some unknown reason, I start to feel more joyful, more happy, more encouraged that things will find a way to work out. Isn’t that strange? But I can surely understand what others go through during this time.

    1. I don’t find it strange at all Mark. Christmas is my favorite time of year also, and I think many of us feel a renewed sense of joy and hope this time of year. Of course, many people do struggle during the holidays, and I’m afraid that this year could be more stressful than usual for many people. I hope your holiday season is off to a great start my friend!

  2. I hope your dog is ok! Mine had to have his eye stitched shut due to a really deep scratch. It’s hard to see them sick because they can’t tell you what’s wrong.

    The main thing that stresses me out this time if year is trying to do all my Christmas shopping at once. This year I started earlier and spaced it out so it’s less stressful.

    1. Thanks for sharing Michelle, and thanks for your well-wishes for my pup. Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to him on Friday. We did so knowing we had given him the best life we possibly could. Starting early and spacing out your shopping was a great idea. I did most of my shopping online this year and I got done with it waayyy earlier than I usually do. Now that you’ve got that done, you can enjoy all the things that bring you joy this time of year. Enjoy the season, sweet friend! Hugs!

      1. Thank you so much Michelle. It was hard to lose him, but we sure didn’t want him suffering. We were able to have almost two more years than we thought we’d have when he first got sick, so we feel blessed we got that extra time. Hugs back to you!

  3. I normally take an evening of at the end of November/beginning of December and think about what I want to do and plan ahead eg baking, crafting etc. Taking the time to think about presents, sending cards etc assures that I do not get too stressed and have the time to do the things I like doing for Christmas.

  4. A helpful post to get us to take a look at what December usually looks at and how we can best recalibrate so that there’s more joy and less stress. I need to take a moment to sort myself out really and see where I’m at. It’s been so exhausting this year but at least I’ve got a little Christmas shopping done and the decorations are up now, so it’s a good time to take stock and see where to go from here. How’re you feeling about things at the moment, Terri? xx

    1. Thank you so much Caz! I’m sorry your year has been so exhausting for you. You have had a lot to deal with this year, and I’m sure it has taken its toll on you. I’m glad you were able to get some of your shopping done and your decorations are up. We finished up our decorating yesterday – finally – so it’s officially Christmas at our house now. 😊 I hope your December is low-stress and your holidays are happy, sweet friend. Sending hugs your way!

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