I’ve been really struggling this week with “Christmas anxiety” – worrying about how I’ll navigate all of the stress that comes with holiday celebrations.
I’ve had a lot of trouble even completing simple tasks, but I found some really great stuff online that’s already starting to help me, so I wanted to share it with you.
(This will be a short post, but hopefully worthwhile.)
The first thing I want to share is a blog post from Verily Mag, “5 Holiday Hacks to Handle Stress and Anxiety This Christmas.” It’s a short and simple read, yet it’s filled with practical advice on how to successfully navigate the holidays.
For me, I think the section on gratitude is especially helpful, as it talks about how “the way we think” impacts “the way we feel and behave.” Although, I definitely recommend reading the entire post, as all five of the suggestions promise to be incredibly helpful.
You can read the post in its entirety here: https://verilymag.com/2016/12/holidays-christmas-stress-anxiety-mental-health-tips
Elsewhere in that same post, the author recommends doing what’s called a “body scan meditation.” This is something I was unfamiliar with, so I went on YouTube and I checked out a couple videos, and this one really resonated with me:
You can probably get everything you need just from watching that video, but if you want more information on body scanning, I also found Mindful’s “Beginner’s Body Scan Meditation” which talks about one person’s experience learning to do a body scan. It’s a long read, but it’s both amusing, and informative, so check it out if you’ve got the time.
I’m planning on using this information now through the end of New Year’s. And, I genuinely feel that this is the best, and certainly most timely, information I can share with you this week.
I hope you have a Merry Christmas (or happy holiday), and I hope you find some value in what I’ve shared today!