I know what you're thinking. You've already dismissed the previous idea as being impossible. You read that last suggestion and thought:
"I can't possibly do that, my family would ___________ "
It's not exactly simple, but give yourself permission to consider the idea for a minute. Once you release yourself from the obligation to participate, it allows you to choose to participate.
There is an important shift in your thinking here, and it can make a WORLD of difference in your holiday stress management. So important that I'm going to say it again:
Once you release yourself from the obligation to participate,
it allows you to choose to participate.
The christmas season is full of expectations and it really takes on a life of its own. There are so many things that we feel we have to do, many of which have never been deliberately chosen, and many other things are added for us whether we've agreed to it or not, and we feel powerless to control this ever-expanding circus. This is why we need holiday stress tips!
This year, take control. Pull the plug on the chaos, and only add back the things you
(and your family) find importance in. Eliminate the clutter. Make
this a season of healing and restoration, both physically and mentally.
Reject the notion that you have to to participate in ALL of
those things, and you may find that you have more joy in doing some of
those same things, because now you are free to really want to.
And remember: These holiday stress tips do not do any good if all you do is read them! You have to put them into practice, or else they're just another list of holiday stress tips...
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