The holiday rush is just beginning… yet I can already sense that old familiar feeling of December panic. Yes, December—with its sleigh bells ringing, chestnuts roasting, crowds a-rushing, and stress arising. Many of you, like me, have cards to write, gifts to buy, cookies to bake, and a house to clean and decorate. Even more, exhausted as we may become, we need to accomplish our many activities with smiles on our faces and joy in our hearts. After all, it ‘tis the Season!
In reality, how can we keep our attitude positive and upbeat… especially when we’re feeling more than a bit “bah-humbug?” It’s not like we haven’t been through this for years and years. Sometimes, the holiday hustle and bustle can feel downright depressing.
Yes, I find plenty of opportunity to get more than a bit cranky this time of year. I roam the stores with as much courage and determination as I can muster, all the while praying for divine inspiration, only to encounter throngs of other harried hunters of the “perfect gift.” The looks on the faces of these fellow merry makers seem to point to the undeniable fact that there is much to be done and stress abounds. So, when my varicose veins start throbbing as I wait in endless lines, I have to wonder how all this tension is affecting my body.
Happily, I came upon and article on Web MD that provides some answers to help avoid the ever-dreaded holiday meltdown. Their common sense approach is several pronged and looks pretty good to me. I’ve decided to give their suggestions a try as I head out to the mall later this week.
So, this December, let’s keep our holiday bells jingling and our nerves from jangling. (Okay, that last line was pretty pathetic—It must be that the good old holiday crazies are already setting in—BIG TIME!)