Reducing the Stress of Christmas

You Can’t Work as Hard as Santa Claus, So Don’t Even Try

Every year, jolly old St. Nick travels the entire globe in less than twenty-four hours, giving toys to every good little boy and girl.  In the course of one day, he will sneak down countless chimneys, devour millions of cookies and gallons of milk.  Prior to Santa’s big night, he will have overseen a factory of elves who are able to churn out toys at an amazing rate.  He’ll also be double-checking one of the biggest lists ever compiled.  Santa Claus is a real performer!

The rest of us can look to Santa for some guidance regarding the Christmas spirit, but we do not need to try to duplicate his hard work.  One of the biggest causes of holiday stress is taking on more than we can accomplish.

You don’t need to work around the clock like Santa to have a great holiday season, so don’t place those high expectations on yourself, and don’t make promises you simply cannot keep. Limiting what you can realistically do will help reduce the stress of the holidays.

City Sidewalks, Busy Sidewalks:  Plan for the Hustle and Bustle of the Holidays

We all have a lot to do during the holiday season and time to get everything accomplished can be hard to find.  The holiday time crunch is often exacerbated by the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season.  Stores will be packed, streets will be busy, and the weather can be downright uncooperative.

By planning your holiday activities with an expectation of delays, you can decrease holiday stress.  Instead of being upset and shocked that it took longer to check out of the store than usual, the savvy holiday planner will have already scheduled the delay into their plans.  If the city sidewalks aren’t too busy and everything runs ahead of schedule, they have even more time to handle their holiday preparations.  By anticipating delays, you can reduce holiday stress considerably!

Fran Watson

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About Fran Watson

Work from home Career Counsellor helping people with resumes, cover letters and interview tips. Recently published an e-book on Resumes and Cover Letters That Work ( Member of Toastmasters and life-long learner.
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