While this time of year can be one of the most enjoyable, it also ends up being one of the most stressful! Between holiday decorating, shopping, parties, cards to be sent, school performances, and traveling, it becomes quite a hectic time in our family. I know I am not alone. It seems all around me everyone is hassled and trying to figure out how they are going to get everything done in time. Doesn’t this seem to be the wrong message to be sent during this time of year, when really we should be slowing down and celebrating friends, family and another year?
This past year I came across the works of Dr. Brené Brown, a vulnerability, shame and courage researcher and best-selling author of Daring Greatly, at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Her teachings really resonated with me so I thought I would share this timely article in hopes of helping you to take a moment this holiday season and really enjoy those who are important in your life. Take the time to make memories with your loved ones right now, rather than worrying about getting the decorations finished or the cards mailed out. Many times you look back and wish that you could have enjoyed yourself a little more or taken in the sweet voices of your rapidly growing kiddos. So, I am hoping that this can serve as a little reminder to stop for just a minute out of your busy lives, savor the joy the season has to offer, and be grateful for the loved ones in your life!
Here’s to a holiday season filled with health, happiness, togetherness and NO stress!!
What are your favorite ways to beat the holiday stress??