Holiday Stress (I fight it each year)

My holiday stress seems to originate from early in my childhood.  Not that the holidays were bad or anything.  There was just something inside me that created the stress, “what am I going to get?” was a big one.  The other stressors came along later.  Too many things to do:  church programs, school concerts, parties, decorating, too little rest, too much commercialism, spending too much, way too many television and media holiday advertisements, getting and giving too much.

Each year I would lose the spirit of the season and succumb to the pressures of the season.  I would usually become depressed and irritated, get sick, get headaches, etc.  I would distance myself and cut myself off from those around me.

Now there are death anniversaries of loved ones, too.

I tried something different last year.  I decided to “change my mind”.  To let others enjoy the season in the way they want to do it and allow myself to enjoy the season the way I could do it.  Funny thing.  Such a simple change of mind created in me a peace, a sense of contentment about the holiday season – such that I hadn’t had before.

I am using this again this year.  So far, so good!


About Gary

I am retired, but not tired. I still want to be valuable to others. I know that others are valuable to me. After looking back on six decades, I have asked myself this question: “What do I believe?” My mind filled up. My heart started beating faster. My spirit soared. I post blogs to share what my mind is working on, what my heart believes would help others and, what my spirit is communicating to me. What do I believe, you ask? Decisions dictate your path In love, not hate In tolerance, not prejudice In health, not sickness In wealth, not poverty In kindness, rudeness In happiness, not sadness In encouragement, not discouragement In faith, not doubt In courage, not fear I have been and will be challenged in each one of these beliefs, but the biggest belief is to stay positive and not turn negative. This belief helps me maintain all of the others.

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