Keep Your Cool Over Yule
Christmas is a time of joy and happiness for many, but it can also be a time of stress and anxiety. With all the preparations and expectations surrounding the holiday season, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and lose your cool. But with a little effort and simple strategies, you can keep cool this Christmas and enjoy the festivities without getting frazzled.
Here are some tips to help you stay calm and collected during the run-up to Christmas day:
Don’t push yourself under undue pressure this Christmas. Share the load.
It’s easy to feel like you must do everything yourself, but remember that asking for help is okay. Share the responsibilities with family and friends, and delegate tasks to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Reflect on your Christmas triggers and get clarity and support to prevent them.
Consider what situations or people trigger your stress and anxiety during the holidays. Once you have identified your triggers, you can take steps to prevent or manage them. Talk to a trusted friend or family member, or seek professional support if you need it.
Focus on the positive in others. Don’t get drawn into the storm.
It’s important to stay positive and not get drawn into negative conversations or conflicts. Look for the good in people and situations, and try to focus on the positive aspects of the holiday season.
Delegate responsibility before the big day. Spread chores with others.
Delegate tasks and responsibilities so that you can avoid feeling overwhelmed. This will help you manage your time and energy more effectively and reduce stress.
Organize as much as you can ahead of the Festive Season.
Take some time to plan and organize ahead of the Festive Season, such as shopping for gifts, preparing meals, and making travel arrangements. This will help you to stay on top of things and avoid last-minute stress.
Discuss in advance all the upcoming Christmas engagements with the family.
Communicate with your family and friends about your plans and expectations for the holiday season. This will help to avoid misunderstandings and reduce stress levels for everyone.
Here are some tips to help you keep your cool during the festive days:
Make sure you don’t exceed your alcohol consumption. Drink responsibly.
Alcohol can increase stress and anxiety levels, so drinking responsibly and avoiding excessive consumption is important. Remember that alcohol is not a solution to stress or anxiety.
If you feel you are taking the bait, remove yourself from the situation.
If you get upset or angry, take a break and remove yourself from the situation. This will give you some time to cool off and regain your composure.
Don’t shout; speak. Don’t argue. Discuss. Listen to each other.
Try to remain calm and speak calmly and respectfully. Avoid arguing and instead focus on having a constructive discussion. Remember to listen to others’ perspectives and be open to compromise.
If you shout at the children, they will likely shout right back.
Remember that children learn by example, so if you shout at them, they are likely to respond in the same way. Stay calm and use positive reinforcement to encourage good behavior.
Let go of your expectations. Things may not turn out the way you want them to.
Remember that not everything will go according to plan, and that’s okay. Let go of your expectations and try to be flexible and adaptable.
Take a deep breath. Remember, if it doesn’t matter in five minutes, then drop it.
If you are upset or stressed, take a deep breath and count to ten. Ask yourself if the situation is really worth getting upset about, and if not, try to let it go.
Avoid contentious conversations.
While communicating effectively is essential, it’s also okay to avoid contentious conversations that may lead to unnecessary conflict or hurt feelings. It’s okay to have a different opinion, and respecting each other’s boundaries and feelings is important.
Focus on the Positives
Finally, remember to focus on the positives of the holiday season – spending time with loved ones, enjoying delicious food and drink, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Embrace the joy and spirit of the season and let go of the stress and tension that may come along with it.
If you’re serious about keeping your cool this Christmas, be sure to get the free Keep Your Cool This Christmas Kit. With a little effort and practice, you can learn to manage your anger in a healthy and productive way. Happy Christmas!