Dealing With Holiday Stress

  • Posted on: 6 December 2007
  • By: mokshalom

It's that time of year again. Where, oh where, did 2007 go?

Holidays can be stressful. If you have a family you are running around trying to make everyone happy. If you are single and alone you are trying not to throw yourself off a cliff with all the family cheer and lovey dovey happenings on New Year's Eve.

If the holidays are bringing you down, take a moment to step back and remind yourself:

Holidays are just regular days, the same days you have every day, except we've made them into something special. But there's no written rule that says that the holiday season should be any specific way or lead to any specific anything at all.

It does not have to be perfect.

Try to slow down, take your time, and don't feel obligated to show up to every Christmas party and event that's happening. Don't buy everyone and their brother presents if you don't need to - many people have too much stuff as it is. Don't feel like you need to cook the perfect turkey - turkey is overrated anyway.

December is just a month, like every other month, where maybe you'll get to take some extra time off and see your family. If you have no family to see, then look at the bright side - you don't have to deal with all the family BS. (The grass is always greener...)

Soon it will be over, and we'll all have Valentine's Day to get depressed and bitter about. Christmas can be mild in comparison...


So I'm both missing companionship AND trying to make it memorable for my kids. I'm a bit down because I was on strike earlier this year and it didn't go well, so my gift budget is tighter than usual.It's not so much that I feel like I have to buy people more, bigger stuff, but I miss having lots of things to wrap.

I had my tree up the day after Thanksgiving,love the decorations and music, hate the commercialism, so my antidote was watching the old b&w Miracle on 34th St tonight.