T’is the Season for HSP Stress!

T’is the Season for HSP Stress!

For many people, the holidays bring a lot of stress, and this is especially true for highly sensitive people. All of the extra work that is involved in preparing for the holidays can easily lead to feelings of overwhelm. Depression or loneliness can also bring on stress. You may have recently lost a loved one, or perhaps you don’t have a good relationship with your family or don’t keep in touch with them as often as you wish. Even bad weather can cause stress, as it may put off family gatherings or make travel difficult.

The best way to deal with stress is to learn how to minimize the things that are causing the stress. Write out your three top stressors, and then brainstorm ways to reduce their impact on you. You may want to base your answers around things like better time management, simplification of tasks, getting support from others, or finding ways to relax (no matter how busy you are).

One simple stress management strategy is to make a conscious effort to have a good time, regardless of the situation or the things you have to do. This may sound obvious, but a positive mindset this time of year is crucial.

How many times have you said to yourself, “I can’t wait for the holidays to be over, so I can have a little peace in my life?” If you expect the holidays to be dreadful, then you will likely get just that. As you look for things to complain about, you only notice the bad stuff, which just attracts more of it.

The best approach is to expect good things to happen and then to look for opportunities to be joyful. If you can do this, you may be surprised at how just how much you are able to enjoy the holidays!

Are holidays stressful for you? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Amy McNeil

    Like many people, I definitely find the holidays stressful! I think part of it comes from the unrealistic expectations that so many of us have about wanting to make the holidays “picture perfect,” just like you see in all the ads and on TV. I know I spend way too much time (and sometimes too much $$) looking for “perfect” gift for everyone on my list…though that probably has more to do with my perfectionism. Also, since my business is extra busy this time of year, I tend to procrastinate my personal holiday preparations, Thus, I end up scrambling like crazy at the last minute to get everything done! Some good tips that you mention include giving more thought to time management and forcing myself to take breaks, even when I don’t feel like I have the time! It seems counter-intuitive to take a break when you’re swamped with things to do, but that’s when you need it most!

  2. Cliff Harwin

    Hi Amy,

    I can relate to everything you said. Perfectionism, procrastination, and time management are important topics that we highly sensitive people need to be mindful of. It’s one thing to be aware of them, but it’s funny how we forget them in the heat of our busy lifestyles!

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