The upcoming holidays are going to be much different because of Covid-19. There will be less in-person get togethers, but there will be some online or video activities that you don’t want to be involved in. Here are some tips for a stress-free holday. They are as follows:
* Do things that you really want to do. As highly sensitive people, we can sometimes give in too quickly and get roped into activities that don’t appeal to us. Keep in mind that your needs are just as important as anyone else’s. Be upfront about your desires, and talk things over with those involved, such as a spouse or other family members. Although you may choose to make some compromises, it’s important to realize that you can make your own choices without feeling guilty.
* Don’t fret about gift selection. Given our perfectionist tendencies, it’s easy to go crazy trying to find “perfect” gifts. While it’s nice to be thoughtful, there’s no need to over-think every purchase or to spend beyond your budget. The holidays are not about gifts, but rather about spending time with your loved ones as you can.
* Set aside your judgments and conflicts. Avoid talking about sensitive subjects, since that can easily cause tempers to flare. When Uncle Fred or Aunt Mary gets on your nerves, make a conscious effort to see past your aggravation. Instead, look for the good in them and offer a sincere compliment. You may be surprised at how quickly things can turn around.
* Take care of yourself. As highly sensitive people, we can easily feel overwhelmed or drained by all the activity and social gatherings. Respect your emotional and physical limits. Don’t be afraid to say no to a situation that feels like too much or makes you uncomfortable. Make sure you plan down time for yourself and engage in activities that recharge your energy.
*Grieving During the Holidays. Grief at the loss of a loved one is an emotionally painful and debilitating condition at any time of year. There is no right or wrong way to handle the holidays in grief. You have to decide what is right for you and do it. Allow time for feelings to express themselves. Don’t keep feelings bottled up. If you feel like crying, by all means do so. You’re entitled to your feelings. Seek help if your feelings become too overwhelming.
Do you have any tips for a stress free holiday? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.
I want to wish everyone a peaceful and joyous holiday whatever you celebrate and wherever you may be!!
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