Holidays have been celebrated since ancient times and they were always associated with simple, joyous activities. No longer so! Holidays now arrive with a lot of obligations and compulsions – all man made!
If you find Holidays stressful, you are not alone. I have heard a lot of people complain about that.
Did you notice the word ‘complain’?
Dwell on that. Contemplate, chew, ponder, think – why complaints?
LETS STOP COMPLAINING:
When our mind veers towards negative words, there is the need to rethink, change our perspective and alter our ways of handling the situation.
As children we always enjoyed the holidays, the luxury of sleep without the admonishing warnings of getting up and following the set routine, the ephemeral moments of running around the house, coming up with new demands everyday, gathering friends and exploring our surroundings…the activities were endless!
But my mom was always stressed, wished the holidays to get over soon. Probably she could not devise enough activities to keep us engaged. Probably we kept her too busy.
When holidays lose their charm and become a burden, we can’t shift the blame to those wonderful days, which we get to celebrate, enjoy and relax.
We have to unearth the ways to make them thrilling.
The choice lies with us. In our quest to overdo, we ruin the fun part; we forget the real sentiment attached to these exquisite days.
If you are stressed about the gifts, what is the need to give now? There are many occasions to give. It is the commercialization of festivities that have added to our stress.
We can refuse to be guided by those advertisements, which are meant to lure.
What is the need to wait for discount offers and long queues? The choice is yours!
Why give only to friends and loved ones who have plenty?
Why not give to the needy and soak in the feelings of becoming a philanthropist? The choice is yours!
If you are stressed about the decorations, keep them simple.
If you are stressed about overspending, plan and reduce the number of gifts. Once again the choice is yours!
If you don’t like the crowds and getting stuck in traffic jams, plan ahead or buy online.
If you are worried about weight gain, avoid overeating.
If interaction with some family members puts you off, have the heart to forgive and forget.
I know it is easier said than done.
We can train and tune our mind to accept one strategy at a time.
RELAX AND ENJOY:
Nothing is perfect, why crave for perfect conversations and flawless food.
Quit competitive spirit.
You don’t have to come up to someone’s expectations.
Shake off all the angst and guilt.
Choose what makes you and your family happy.
Reserve some time for yourself.
Fun lies in celebrating with those you love, those who can make the occasion memorable, those who don’t expect expensive gifts and who treasure the moments of togetherness.
Fun lies in being you. Follow your heart. Love the holidays. Count your blessings. More will follow!
Here’s wishing you Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!
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