Depending on the severity of the new omicron variant COVID outbreak, it’s possible the holiday season could look a lot mor normal this year.
More parties, gatherings, visits from family, presents, and food may all be returning. And that also means plenty of opportunity for “normal” holiday stresses and anxieties.
Some people have already begun stressing about the holiday season. The baking, shopping, hosting, and attending parties can whip people into a frenzy that ultimately sucks the joy from the season.
To cut down on stress, slow it down a little bit. Don’t worry about buying the perfect present, making the best dinner, or planning the greatest party. Instead, try to be mindful of the moments and enjoyable experiences the season can bring.
Being mindful helps you be aware of the present and the moment that you are living in. It is an impossible place to be if you’re focused on what’s next or what could have, should have, or would have been. Instead, pay attention to what is happening in the moment.
You can help transport yourself to the present by focusing on breathing. Intentionally focusing on your breath can pull you into the present. Maybe even taking a few deep breaths will help calm your nerves.
Take some time for yourself. You don’t have to say yes to every request or invitation. Setting boundaries can help ease anxiety and allow you to enjoy some of the things you appreciate about the season: maybe a holiday movie or a walk through an illuminated neighborhood.
Tell people about your boundaries directly, and don’t feel obligated to be everything to everyone.
Gratitude can also help ease stress and anxiety during the holiday season. Taking time to appreciate the good things in your life and what and who you have in it can offer great comfort during the season.
Seeking out the internal and external factors that bring goodness to your life may help with sleep, overall happiness, less stress, greater satisfaction, and more enjoyment for the season.