The Christmas season is upon us again and as the song tells us, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. However, it may not be like that for everyone and some people may find it a stressful, lonesome and anxious time. There are endless rounds of parties, shopping for presents, cleaning, baking, putting up the decorations and shopping for groceries to name but a few of the jobs to be done. There is a huge build-up to the day and for some people that can lead to stress and anxiety. It can be very difficult to juggle the build-up with work, family life and other commitments.
There is an expectation that we have to participate in all the activities and that everything has to be perfect for the day. If bereavement has been experienced during the year or at Christmas in previous years, then it can be a very emotional, lonely time and Christmas may not hold the same happiness and enjoyment as heretofore. If children are grown up and there is no Santa in the house anymore it can also be very difficult. The traditions and customs associated with having children around the house can change and for some, this can be very hard to adjust to.
Perhaps there are some things that can be done to try and alleviate or lessen the stress. It is important to remember that everything does not have to be perfect and that it is ok if things do not turn out as planned. If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed by it all, take a few minutes to acknowledge how you are feeling, take some deep breaths and relax. Realise that you are not superhuman and accept help from other people. Do not feel that you have to do everything yourself. Make time for yourself, go for a walk, surf the net, read a book, whatever you find helps you relax, do it. Sometimes we anticipate things will be terrible and on the day, they turn out the complete opposite. The main thing is to enjoy the day and time with family and friends, look after your own needs and take things as they come.
Can I take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very happy, peaceful and joyful Christmas and every good wish for the New Year ahead. Please feel free to give Cara Counselling a call on 083 1855958, or you can also use the Contact Me page and I will get in touch with you as soon as possible.