The Big G: Gratitude – 4 Tips On Overcoming Family Holiday Stress
The holidays can be a joyful time of the year for some, and for others it can be a very difficult time. Whether it’s depression, family drama, travel anxiety, or the fear of missing out, the holiday blues aren’t always easy to navigate.
In fact, 68 percent of Americans who completed a survey indicated that they feel stress during the holidays and 24 percent experienced difficulty with family members.
What is this fuss really about?
Perhaps it’s the “yes” syndrome that seems to bombard our to-do list during this time of year: yes to the dinner parties, yes to the college-friends ‘friendsgiving’, yes to in-laws lunch, yes to the side dish, yes to picking your sibling up from the airport… a three letter word can bring a whole lot of stress!
The great thing about holiday stress is that it’s predictable. Unlike many other types of stressors we encounter in life, we know when holiday stress will begin and end; so, we can make plans to reduce the amount of stress we experience and the unhealthy impact it has on us!
Here are some tips you can try to help reduce holiday stress before it begins so you can enjoy this season with your loved ones and get the most out of your time together!
Focus On The Big G:
Gratitude. Let’s not forget what this holiday is all about: giving thanks.
What do you remember from the holidays as a child? The aroma of the turkey roasting? The sound of your Uncle Jim’s deep belly laugh? The taste of your Nana’s fresh pecan pie or cookies?
The fabulous meals. Reconnecting with family. Not having to cook…the list can go on! By consistently checking in with your thoughts, you can shape a new and positive reality for your holiday!
Instead of finding the adult difference that build a wall between you and your family, try to focus on the experiences you enjoy, and sprinkle in some verbal gratitude to break the ice and help others do the same.
Become A Time-Manager Master:
If you can’t fathom the idea of skipping out on sending cards, baking, seeing people, and doing all of the holiday stuff that usually runs you ragged, you may do better including all of these activities in your schedule, but on a smaller scale.
Send cards, for example, but only to those with whom you maintain regular communication with. Or, don’t include a personal note or letter in each one. Find a way to simplify. The same goes for baking – will anyone be enraged if you buy baked goods from the local bakery instead? Find ways to focus on what truly matters and only pay mind to activities that are important to you and your family. You may enjoy them much more!
Make Time For Yourself
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can quickly become overwhelming, creating the ideal environment for anxiety to flourish. While our minds are on overdrive by plans, to do lists, and last minute grocery runs, we often forget about ourselves.
Take a moment after dinner to stretch your legs, go on a leisurely walk, and focus on your breath and relaxing your shoulders to keep yourself feeling grounded and peaceful after what may be a few heated dinner table conversations.
Take A Chill Pill! Literally.
We get it, the holidays are tough! But no need to fret, Cured is here and might we say that a little CBD won’t hurt anyone..especially your favorite Aunt who will likely be pacing back and forth in the kitchen all night.
Take a cap (or two) before you head in or add a serving or two to a savory side dish for everyone to activate your Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS plays a critical role in emotional response regulation, which can be especially beneficial when you have 100 to-dos to cross off your list and dinner is only two hours away.
Don’t let the holidays become something you dread. Instead, take steps to prevent the stress and overwhelming emotions that can come up during this time of year. With a little planning and some positive thinking, you can find peace and joy during the holidays!
From our family to yours, wishing you a happy, JOYFUL, and most of all fulfilling holiday season!