Does the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season have you stressed? I'm raising my hand to that question! So many different parties to attend/host, gifts to buy/wrap, extra cooking/baking, the list goes on and on. Everyone responds differently to stress; fight or flight response, anger, depression, sadness, irritability, anxiety attacks to name a few. One symptom that I noticed during the month was the physical need to cry. I didn't want to cry. I had no desire to cry, but my bodies response to stress was the desire to vent through tears. Unfortunately, I can't report that I was able to let out a good cry, and probably my only good excuse is that I just didn't have the time. I like to joke that I should rent a really sappy movie to get the water works flowing! Well, whatever your response to stress may be, we all know that putting stress on our body is detrimental.
During the Holidays and all year we must remember that everything we put on our schedule is our choice. Sure there are certain things that may seem as if they have to be there and can't possibly budge. However, all we need to do is break out a magnifying glass to realize that our time is full of choices. A few years ago I took the time to write out my priorities (work, family, health, God...) in order from 1 to 10. When I set my priorities next to my schedule, I was shocked at just how poorly they lined up! That was the moment I made a lot of changes in my life to insure that I was doing what I really want to be doing! Now, I make plans and fill in my schedule according to my priorities. I also try to keep in mind that I decide what goes on my calendar, not the Holidays or the PTO! We have more choices than we think.
Here is a great article I came across that gives several tips for managing stress.