It is the time of season again, the traffic, the stress, the parties and family dinners. The holidays, for all the joy that they offer, come with the excess baggage of dread that goes with the days leading up to them. Often there are travel arrangements and plans to be made, scheduling conflicts and that is just dealing with family. There are holiday parties with friends and the business parties you need to represent a brave face to your employers and fellow co-corkers. Maybe you are hosting a party or family dinner; that makes it even more complex.
Everything should be just so in order to impress your guests and make them feel welcome on these special days. Did we forget the shopping? That is a whole other depth of dread complete with traffic jams, long lines and harried hotfooting. It is all enough to make a person go mad. But it is the season to be jolly, no? The most difficult thing for some people to do during the holidays is to actually enjoy them while they are on-going. All of the hoopla seems to engulf some to point of absolute breakdowns. It is important to make sure you give yourself time to settle down and take time to reflect. For instance, rather than go traipsing around from store to store by yourself, make a date of it with friends, with dinner or drinks involved afterward.
You would be surprised what good company can do to change a partly dreadful experience. Keep your schedule as loose as possible. The year is 365 days long, that doesn’t change. You still have to go to work or take care of your home as well as be present for your family or loved ones. Don’t over schedule, under schedule, stay flexible. You don’t have to commit to every single engagement. Remember it more vital to take care of yourself before you can take care of everyone else.