Stress at Christmas

Hi folks,

Okay, I’ll admit it, that title was just to get your attention.  It was only mid November when I saw people fighting over Christmas decorations.  Sad, really.  This post isn’t about stress so much as it’s about how to move around it, or through it, without crashing under the weight of it.

The holiday is for kids, mostly, kids and corporations.  When you get old like me it’s about the company and the food.  So, here’s my few tips for getting around the holiday.

Take it from Auntie Pru,

  1. No gift is ever perfect.  Accept it.  Give what you can and graciously accept what you get.
  2. People watch.  When you see how stressed others are getting it helps you pull back and breathe.
  3. Help somebody else out if you can, make a stranger smile, that’s what it’s all about.
  4. Take a few minutes every day to count your blessings.  Seriously.  You can feel the stress fading away.
  5. And now, from the fake it til you make it department, make your resting face a half smile.  I know, sounds crazy, but once again.  It’ll work.  Before you know it, you really will be smiling.

So, sit back with a mug of tea and a good book (I’ll have a new one out any day now. hehehe), and reflect on the holiday.  It’s not about the gifts, the decorations, or the parties, it’s about a time of peace and rest, a time to share with others, and a time to recall good memories as well as make new ones.

Now, on that note, folks, I’ll get back to work on the next book.

Bless

Pru

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