The holiday season is upon us. While this season is meant to bring feelings of love and cheer, the holiday season can also bring unwanted stress!
The holiday season can be a time of joy, but it can also be hectic and stressful. Many times holiday stress can lead to fatigue, financial worries, treating others you love unkindly, burn out, and in some instances not even enjoying this season at all! That’s why it’s so important to be optimistic.
Unlike many other types of negative stress we encounter in life, holiday stress is predictable. We know when holiday stress will begin and end, which allows us to make plans to reduce the amount of stress we experience and the negative impact it has on us. Don’t let the holidays drive you to your breaking point. Focus on the good rather than the bad. Negative thinking can trigger your body’s stress response, just like a real threat does.
Remember, the holiday season is a time to celebrate with your family and friends (even if they do stress you out!). An optimistic outlook will help you cope with challenges that come your way. So, relax. Don’t let stress suck the joy out of your holiday season.