Fa la la la laaa. La la. La. La.
What’s that all about?
From being pulled in a million directions coupled with family bickering, the holidays are a magical time to be spent with those you love who also seem to stress you out the most. With that in mind, and the fact that the next couple days are a bit of a down time before getting stressed out about not having any plans for New Years Eve, here are somethings that we all can do to help manage the anxiety that comes along with the holidays.
- Take some time all to yourself. Sit in a closed door room away from your loved ones and watch exactly what you want to on TV. Or take a nap with the TV on. Or read a book. In general go for your “serenity now” moment and relish in it.
- Have a drink(s) with an old friend who also had a stressed out holiday. Don’t hold yourself to any set time to be home. Just be out and in the moment. Don’t text your family or call them. Just be with your friend and the two of you can bitch and laugh and be in the Christmas mess together.
- Go shopping for the things that you really want.
- Snuggle with the person or animal or both that you love the most. Snuggles fix a lot of things.
- Practice Festivus. Get all of your grievances out so that you can move on and let go of resentment.
- Put on all of your softest clothes. Soft pants, soft shirts, soft robe and then top it off with a snuggie. And, pretend you’re a stuffed animal.
- Eat all the cookies.
- If you don’t want to share, don’t. Because sometimes sharing doesn’t mean caring.
- Let it go. Let it go. Can’t hold it back anymore. Let it go, let it go. Turn away and slam the door! – Oh wait…those are Frozen lyrics. Regardless. Let it go. The cold never bothered you anyway.
- Shake it off. T-swift always knows what’s up.
Needless to say, that it’s the people you love the most who are capable of getting the deepest under your skin. Remind yourself that most likely, all these problems are either in your head/not as bad as you think, or even if they are, they probably only really bother you. Plus, since your anxiety is up to the max, I’m sure you’re not behaving the best and you’re probably a bit of an a-hole yourself. Plus, it would be so much worse to not have a family that drives you bonkers. Because, in the end, it’s the bonkers stuff that you will miss the most anyway.
And truthfully, it was a very nice Christmas, because you were with the people you love. So stop being such a cranky pants.