One year, about a week before Christmas, I called my friend. The person that answered was practically babbling, then manic, then monotone in the course of a 15 minute chat. I discovered she had barely slept in days. The pressure of decorating, shopping, wrapping, mailing, and trying to make everyone's holiday dreams come true had nearly done her in! It's difficult to fall asleep when the to-do list keeps spinning in your head! Of course, I talked to her about self-care, getting more sleep, and reminded her that perfection was not a holiday mandate. The next morning my exhausted friend was seen waiting for the doors to open outside of Target!
This is an all too familiar scenario for people during the holidays. I too have fallen victim, being fully and completely humbled by hosting 15 family members over 5 days at Thanksgiving.
Practice Self-Care and Moderation
Don't over-do the sweets and alcohol. Exercise, sleep, and take "me-time".
Create your Own Traditions and Focus on What is Meaningful to You
Don't be forced into someone else's idea of what the holidays should be.
If you Feel out of Control or Scared, Ask for Help!
Therapists, doctors, friends, family, community support groups, local and national mental health organizations are all solid options for help. You never have to do the holidays alone.
So what can we do? I may do less in the mornings. but now I have tools to help me survive during the stress of the holiday season. I'm going to lean on my people, and I am committed to letting the love of family and the reason for the season be my focus. Ho Ho Ho!
- Kim Vincenty, inspiration behind our FEARLESS Collection
A few years ago, Kim Vincenty, a Board Member of OCD Jacksonville, called Patti, Natural Life Founder & CEO, to talk about the possibility of partnering up to “do something together”. After a lot of time, attention and hard work, the FEARLESS Collection was created! We designed the products we knew our customers would love and Kim shared the most powerful sentiments that she knew would really help people struggling with Anxiety Disorders.
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