Whenever the holiday’s are coming up, I see people freaking out, getting stressed, and not even enjoying this time of the year. Between Christmas shopping, food shopping, wrapping gifts, holiday parties, cooking, etc. people seem to find ways to stress themselves out. I never understood it – isn’t this time of the year supposed to be happy and jolly? That’s how I see it. Since stress plays a huge role in mental and physical health, this is why I want to talk about this subject.
I even tweeted yesterday about how I felt like the only one not stressed that Christmas was a couple days away. My own father tweeted me back (yup, he’s on twitter ha!), and said it’s because I’m not a parent yet. I understand that in a sense, but I also don’t agree. I told my family not to get me anything for Christmas. I didn’t and still don’t want any presents. Materialistic things are not necessary to me for Christmas – to me, it’s about much more than that. If I wanted to go shopping or something, I could get it any time of the year when I have the money. I see no reason in going broke for Christmas, especially when you don’t have much money to spend on unnecessary things to begin with. I’d rather volunteer or give to charity to the people who don’t get any of those things at ANY time of the year.
Anyway, I could go on forever about that. However, this topic did make me think of reasons why we shouldn’t be stressed at this time of the year. I condensed it into five reasons:
1. It’s about spending time with family.
When I think of Christmas, it’s my favorite time of the year because it’s literally the only time the entire year that I get to see my entire family all together. My brother lives far away, and it’s really the only time he gets to come home and we can all spend some quality time together. That means so much more to me than getting a gift.
2. Gifts and shopping really isn’t that important.
In the grand scheme of things, it really isn’t. Sure, I LOVE to give people gifts. But am I going to let it make me crazy and completely stress myself out over it? No! I’m sure the other person will be thankful regardless.
3. Any food you eat is a blessing, and it’s just food.
I understand that if you’re having a ton of people over for a holiday party it can get overwhelming to have to plan, buy the food, and especially cook it. However, this is another thing that you shouldn’t let it make you crazy stressed. It’s just food. Everyone will be happy to just eat and spend time with everyone. Do what you can, do your best, and take a breather!
4. A couple of drinks and delicious eats won’t derail your years-worth of progress.
This is on the fitness side of things. This time of the year is a great time for you to just ENJOY yourself. Have a couple of drinks, eat what you want, enjoy dessert. Simply be mindful and don’t over-stuff yourself, you will be fine. I promise.
5. We need to remember the real reason for the holiday season.
Why does Christmas even exist? Because Santa Claus made it possible? No, because it’s Jesus’ birthday. That is the real reason for the season – it’s easy to forget about that with everything else that is going on, but just remember that and be thankful.
What are your thoughts?
Do you get super stressed this time of the year?