Is your holiday on fire? What can ruin your holiday? Are you stress out during the holiday? The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression. And it’s no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — decorations, baking, cleaning, traveling and entertaining, to name just a few.
But with some DIY easy elementary school fire drills, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays. You may even end up enjoying the holidays more than you thought you would.
Here are three tips:
1. Stop: When your holiday is on fire, first thing you need to do is stop whatever you are doing, do not run.
But do breath, breath and deep breath. Take a breather, make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Take a walk at night and stargaze. Listen to soothing music. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.
Let’s take one minute to relax your body and mind.
Begin by settling into your body, close your eyes, and gently noticing the general sense of your position, mass and flowing sensations just as they are now. Sensing them, allow yourself to relax, and let them be. If you cross your leg, Uncross it at this moment. Uncross your mind and let go those politic conversation that you have been arguing, drop your shoulder and let it be.
Relaxing and releasing…
Just simply letting go…
We’ll begin with a few slow, deep breaths. Each time you breathe in; breathe all the way down into your stomach. Breathe in slowly through your nose, and feel your abdomen and lungs expand with air. After drawing in a long deep breath, allow your breath to flow back out through your mouth. Just let go of each breath, and with it, release any tension or stress you might have been holding on to. Aah.. You might like to mentally repeat the word “relax” as you breathe out.
Relaxing and releasing…
Just simply letting go…
Slowly draw in a deep breath. Don’t rush to breath out. Just gradually fill your lungs and abdomen with air, and when they are full, release that breath completely. ..ahahh. You are beginning to feel yourself relaxing. Your breath will dissolve tension just as easily as warm water melts ice.
Let’s draw in our final breath. Inhale deep, pause,…inhale deeper. Exhale through with your mouth wide open like a roaring lion, letting a “haaaa” sound move with your breath from the back of your throat. Feel yourself relaxing as you gradually release the breath.
How is it? Do you like it? I’m sure, you do…..
2. Drop: The second thing you need to do when your holiday is on fire is to drop to the floor
Dropping some of the traditional things are so fine and cool, there is a bad side and a good side of every traditions, prioritize which one is more important to you is the key.
Learning to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can’t participate in every project or activity. If it’s not possible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time.
Drop aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they’re feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.
Drop the perfect family holiday expectation- Be realistic. Perfect family holiday is only at the movie. The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. For example, if your adult children can’t come to your house, find new ways to celebrate together, such as sharing pictures, emails or videos.
3. Roll:The last thing is to do when your holiday is on fire is to roll over and over again until the fire is out.
Roll your priorities is one of the way to combat the holiday on fire. Before you get overwhelmed by too many activities, it’s important to decide what traditions offer the most positive impact and eliminate other activities. For example, if you usually become overwhelmed by a flurry of baking, caroling, sending cards, visiting relatives and other activities that leave you exhausted by January, you may want to pick and choose, pick a few favorite activities and really enjoy them, while skipping the rest.
Finally, when your holiday is on fire, remember that holiday stress it’s predictable, we know when holiday stress will begin and end, and so we can make plans to reduce the amount of stress we experience and the negative impact it has on us. When your holiday is on fire, just remember to stop, drop and roll. You can combat them before they lead to a meltdown. With a little planning and some positive thinking, you can find peace and joy during the holidays.
Hope this is helpful.