It’s the middle of December and the other day I came across a list of 25 expert ways to beat holiday stress. So, since I was feeling a little bit stressed I jumped right in. But I never got to the end because somewhere between getting more sunlight, avoiding crowds and sniffing citrus I started to get irritated.
Really? This is good advice?
When did we stop putting on our grown-up pants?
Here’s the thing. Stress happens even when things are “merry and bright” but add deadlines, traffic, crowds, budgets and a never ending “to do” list and it’s going to be an unavoidable recipe for disaster.
I thought to myself, “Why doesn’t someone write something that tells the truth and offers honest answers to avoiding stress during the holidays that aren’t wrapped up in layers of touchy-feely hogwash?”
And so I did.
Bottom line, “For unto us a child is given…” IS the “Reason for the Season” and has been since Christmas even became a thing. And it’s much bigger than ANY of our frustrations—every one of which is entirely our fault (#1 again). Of course, we can choose to take this to heart, or not. And that’s the beauty it.
But here’s the thing. The secret to completely avoiding holiday stress is very simple.
THERE ISN’T ONE.
Life doesn’t work that way. It never has. So just grow up and accept responsibility for doing what needs to be done.
And don’t forget your list.
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Lover of reading, writing, sparkly things and whatever purrs, barks or flies. Former helicopter mom, co-dependent and enabler, I am addicted to walking, my family and my iWatch. Teacher by day and writer by night, I am clearly the one learning the most. Keeping it up until I get it right. Choosing joy one day at a time and sharing my journey so others can see why it might not be found if we don’t look for it. Thanks for stopping by!