The holiday season is just around the corner. We are all hustling and bustling with holiday music playing in the background. We are getting ready for what is supposed to be the “most wonderful time of the year.” At least, that is what the song says, right?
Regardless of your individual age or generational cohort, since you were a child, you have been taught to believe in the “magic” of the holiday season.
When I was about five years old, I was certain that Santa had made an early stop at our house. The most fabulous plastic, slip-on high heel shoes had been placed under our tree for my sister and me while our family had been out of the house for a while. I later learned that they were from an uncle, but at the time, holiday magic was very real.
That special, early delivery did not stop me from fretting that Santa might not be able to get into our house, however, because our chimney had been closed up.
Somehow, he always found us, though. Holiday magic, indeed.
During this time of year, family traditions and rituals abound regardless of any particular religious upbringing or belief system. Our entire country goes into shopping overdrive, with accountants crunching numbers and comparing this year’s spending habits with those of last year and beyond. Stores start luring us in for “Black Friday” holiday specials long before the Thanksgiving holidays (and “Black Friday”) even arrives. Shopping for a good deal becomes a holiday sport.
All of this holiday “cheer” has a downside, however.
During this time of year, regardless of our economic background or religious faith, we often tend to overeat, over-drink and over spend. The festivities ratchet up with parties to attend, gifts to buy, and a multitude of activities in which to engage in a relatively short period of time.
While this is, indeed, a “happy” time of year for many of us, it is also true that the theoretical happiness of the season sometimes appears in stark contrast with what some people experience. The Mayo Clinic offers a guide for dealing with depression during this time of year.
And let’s be honest: recent events around the world indisputably contribute to a heightened level of fear and anxiety for all of us whether it is holiday season or not. The tragedies in Paris, San Bernardino, and other places all around the world serve to remind us that life is fragile and finite…even during the holidays.
These shared experiences have served to raise our collective level of fear and generalized anxiety. Our reality seems to be in stark contrast to the ideal that comes with the season. (“Peace on earth, Goodwill to men.”)
As a Certified Stress Management Coach, I am acutely aware that individuals from all walks of life are experiencing excess stress at this time of year. I work with teachers who feel overwhelmed with the tasks that their jobs entail, and I work with mid-career professionals who are seeking new jobs either because their old job disappeared or their current job bores them and doesn’t fill their needs professionally or personally.
Given that I am sensitive to the heightened state of stress during this time of year, I want to do something about it.
During the month of December from now until Christmas Eve, I am offering a Master Class on how to deal with the stress of the holidays. During this 60-minute program, I will share techniques and strategies for how to put things in perspective so that no matter what may be going on in your life right now, you can enjoy the holidays more.
I would like to invite you to attend this webinar. Click here to register.
Then mark your calendar and tune in for the time you signed up. You will learn 7 specific strategies for how to manage holiday stress more effectively, and you will say well, avoiding colds and the flu (hopefully) because you are taking better care of yourself and strengthening your immune system instead of allowing it to be weakened by stress.
I promise to provide information that will help you cope with the holiday stress that you may be feeling, and you will learn real life strategies for coping more effectively with stress any time of the year.
Please join me.
Also, please feel free to download the FREE stress assessment tool that may shed light on how much stress is impacting your life experience right now.
For more information about Kitty Boitnott, Ph.D., NBCT, RScp and her Stress Management Group Coaching Program which starts January 2, 2017, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 804-404-5475.