While to some this may mean hugs and giggles, to others it can shout “Stress Alert! Stress Alert!” Whatever the message coming your way, a little mental preparation will help you be ready to enjoy and greet it all with enthusiasm.
Whether your season is filled with anxiety or full of laughter is really up to you! Here are three simple and helpful hints to make the season “Positively” fabulous! and one of happy memories with family or friends.
Remember that YOU are in charge of your thoughts
Yep, that’s you, with a choice. Listen to yourself and analyze your thoughts. If you’ve just come back from a trip, what is the first thing you talk about – The bad weather or the wonderful food? The annoying airports or the beautiful scenery? Just the order in which you mention things tells you something about yourself. Try to reorganize what you talk about. Spend more time on the good times you had; talk about something that made you laugh. In fact, try not mentioning the ‘annoying’ things at all. Not only will you feel better, you might even forget about them!
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE
Now, if you find yourself stuck out on the porch with Aunt Sally who is telling you how her arthritis stops her from having fun, try getting her to tell you something positive. Ask her about her dog. Explore what books she likes to read. Get her to talk about wonderful holidays she remembers over the years. If Aunt Sally is too negative, go get her a mimosa, drop it off, and excuse yourself to the bathroom!
BE NICE TO YOURSELF
Do the things you like to do. Enjoy a massage? Want time to read? Love playing with the kids? Make time to do it. Make a holiday schedule that includes things that YOU like to do. When you are happy and relaxed, it will make you much more fun to be around and tolerant of others.
I’ve stopped at three so you can get started. It’s your choice – stress? or giggles?
(Hint: We say, “Tis the Season to be Jolly!” for a reason. Make it happen.)