Holiday Stress

Shopping, wrapping, decorating, driving, slipping, sliding, waiting, waiting, waiting, rushing, baking, cooking, cleaning, inviting, mailing, planning, entertaining, hurrying, scrambling, looking, buying, eating, hosting, icing, roasting, mashing, basting, sipping, tasting, celebrating… stressing!

It’s a little bit ironic that although Christmas time can potentially be a season filled with peace and love and giving and family, it also is frequently filled with enormous amounts of stress!  Most of this stress is self-inflicted; we put so much pressure on ourselves to get that ‘perfect gift’, and make things just right.  The sad result is that we run ourselves ragged, and end up not enjoying the holidays at all.

Mental and emotional stress transfer quickly into physical stress – manifesting in layers of muscle tension, joint restriction and pain.  Here is a simple stretch that I posted a few months ago that can do wonders for reducing the physical stress and strain that you feel.  As for the mental and emotional stress, take a look at the big picture and see if there are things you can do to simplify your holiday experience.  Do you NEED to rush around so much?  Do you NEED to do all that shopping and baking?  Do you NEED to spend so much money on gifts?  Only you know the answer to these questions, but if you CAN simplify your holiday, take some time to relax and enjoy the ride, you’ll not only feel better emotionally, but physically as well!

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