Christmas is said to be the season of forgiving, and while it’s also considered a cliché, it really does feel a whole lot better to spend the holidays with more people. Not to mention that it’s always better to start the New Year with less grudges and angst against anyone.
However, being more calm during the holidays is easier said than done, doesn’t it? Especially with the wave of excited people succumbing to a mass hysteria called holiday shopping wherever you may go. It’s like the first twenty minutes of How The Grinch Stole Christmas all over again!
But don’t worry mates, here are some tips that you can follow in order to celebrate a more stress-free and healthier holiday season.
And I’m not talking about a temporary ceasefire here. I’m referring to sincere forgiveness for the sake of your heart and health this Christmas season. It’s also a lot easier to ask for forgiveness from people you’ve wronged during this time of the year when everyone’s so sentimental. A piece of advice though, if you’re planning to settle things with someone, it’s better to do it between the two of you and before a holiday event. I swear, I’ve seen a lot of “efforts for reconciliation” during Christmas parties and family dinners that only ended in more tears, broken hearts, and even…broken glasses.
Don’t Drink To Much
Speaking of broken glasses, be a responsible drinker during the holidays. Alcohol is one of the major culprits behind holiday-related injuries. Not to mention that waking up, Christmas morning, with a really nasty headache is just a bad way to spend Christmas.
Distribute The Work
Finally, it’s easy to start any misunderstanding and stress (which may also lead to the weakening of the immune system) when you have a lot of things to work on and think about. I know the girls have it worse than us, but who ever said guys don’t feel the holiday pressure as well? If you’re feeling this kind of stress with a mountain of chores ahead of you, then distribute the work. Don’t take it upon yourself to be a holiday superhero – and in the end feel used and alone with the big burden. Involve everyone, even the kids! And you’ll be happy you did.