The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and happiness, but for many people they become a stressful and difficult time. There are many factors that contribute to the stress of holidays. Sometimes it’s about family dynamics, expectations, the pressure to make everything perfect and social media. Other times it is because we don’t know how to find balance between work and life. All these things can lead to a stressful holiday season. In this blog post, we will discuss why people struggle during this time of year and what you can do about it!
One of the main reasons people struggle during the holidays is family dynamics. People have different expectations and ideas of how things should be done, making it difficult to accommodate everyone’s needs. There are many factors that contribute to this tension such as a variety of generations in one home or married children with families coming together for celebrations. In addition, sometimes there can be challenging family relationships that can make the holidays even more stressful than they need to be.
One thing you can do is try to communicate with your loved ones about what traditions are important, where everyone’s expectations lie and how people would like their needs met during this time of year. Also, setting boundaries early on will help prevent conflict later on – it may be difficult to do this, but it will be helpful. It is important for family members and loved ones to spend time with one another during the holidays rather than putting too much pressure on themselves by trying to accomplish everything they had planned.
Many people experience deep melancholy as a result of changes in weather and less sunlight. Fall and winter is a season for many individuals when their energy levels plummet. Because we spend so much time indoors due to colder temperatures and less sunshine, we don’t get as many chances to boost our energy the way we do in the warmer months.
Start by thinking about how the lack of light affects you. If you’re feeling gloomy, consider making a few adjustments to your daily routine to absorb more light throughout the day: sit by a window, dress warm and go for a walk. I remember a song from my childhood regarding this. It translates as: there is no bad weather, there are clothes that are not suitable for this weather. 🙂 You can also purchase a daylight lamp or even set candles in your house. Light is very therapeutic.
Another holiday stress factor is social media! Too many times people compare their lives with those who seem happier or have the life they want. It can be upsetting seeing all of these images of perfect-looking meals, happy families and children smiling during their celebrations while your holiday seems to be falling apart!
It’s important to remember that there is always more than what meets the eye when it comes to social media posts. Perfectly decorated homes are photographed at angles where you can’t see the clutter. Happy families are putting on their best smiles for pictures and children’s laughter is often forced during celebrations! Sometimes people spend so much time trying to create these perfect images of happiness that they forget what matters most – spending quality time with one another, not about how many likes or shares you get on social media.
Additionally, the winter holiday season is an invitation for stress because of greater focus on food and alcohol, from everyday difficulties such as portion control and managing drinking to eating disorders and substance abuse. Try to avoid going overboard with food and alcohol by planning ahead and preparing for the holiday gatherings.
Take it one day at a time, eat your meals slowly while you are with people that matter most to you. Do not compare yourself to others – everyone is unique! Also, try to get moving by taking walks outside or exercising during this time of year. Exercise releases endorphins which can improve mood and help combat winter blues.
Keeping all of this in mind, you can take some steps to help improve your holidays. You need to allow yourself time during the holiday season to just be with friends and family while doing something that makes you happy! If cooking is an activity that brings joy to your life, then spend time baking cookies or pies for others – but don’t feel obligated if you don’t want to. It is important during the holiday season to make time for yourself and the activities you enjoy!
Another tip that can help with your holidays is setting boundaries early on – avoid over-committing or taking on too many responsibilities because it will only lead to more stress. If someone asks if they could count on you, be honest and tell them if you are able to help or not. If people would like your input, ask for time to make a decision because you may need some extra time before making up your mind!
If the holidays seem overwhelming and stressful, don’t be afraid to reach out for support. Spending quality time with friends and family is important but so is taking care of yourself. If you find that the holidays are wearing you down, it may be time to get some outside help. You can sign up below for your Quantum Biofeedback Complimentary session: https://bit.ly/biofeedbackcall
I hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season!
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