Much has been written about the holiday blues, and they are a reality. There are ups and downs. A great deal of stress is present during the holidays, and most of the time it is self-induced.
During the holiday season, emotions play a very important role in our lives. Much has been written about the holiday blues, and they are a reality. There are ups and downs. A great deal of stress is present during the holidays, and most of the time it is self-induced.
There is pressure to make certain that all of the gifts are purchased, enough food is available for the family get-together and all of the cards have been mailed. If you are traveling, that is an added dimension to the amount of stress.
In spite of all of this turmoil, or maybe because of it, most people enjoy the holiday season. A wonderful spirit permeates the air. There are more get-togethers and socialization. You enjoy buying gifts that make people feel happy. And there is really nothing wrong with enjoying the act of receiving gifts.
And how can you not feel good observing the smiles on the faces of young children as they anticipate the fun time they will soon experience during the holidays? Most of us still have fond memories of the holidays when we were children. Some of those wonderful memories include being with our grandparents and parents. If they are no longer with us, these memories are cherished even more.
We want our own children to experience what our parents provided us. If, for a variety of reasons, your holidays were not that pleasant, then make every effort to prevent the same thing from happening to your children.
So, during the holidays, don't dwell on all of the negatives. If it is too difficult to accomplish this alone, seek help, especially if you are depressed. Find ways to decrease the stress that is present in your life during the holiday season.
Remember, since most of the stress is self-induced, it comes from you. Thus, you are in the best position to get rid of it. Learn to organize your time in an efficient manner. This may take some effort on your part, but it will hold you in good stead not only during the holidays but also throughout the year.
With better organization, you eliminate the stress associated with last minute shopping. I can continue to list the many things you need to do so you will have a more enjoyable holiday, but you already know most of them.
So, now is the time to do what you need to do –– to try and make this a happy and enjoyable holiday season.
Dr. Murray Feingold is the physician in chief of The Feingold Center for Children, medical editor of WBZ-TV and WBZ radio, and president of the Genesis Fund. The Genesis Fund is a nonprofit organization that funds the care of children born with birth defects, mental retardation and genetic diseases.