Welcome to the holiday season—that whirlwind of gift-giving holidays, marketing blitzes, holiday parties, and activities galore that begins right after Halloween, builds to Thanksgiving and continues gaining momentum through the end of the year. The holiday season brings a time for joy, fun and family. However, on the other hand it also often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression. And it’s no wonder. The holidays often present a dizzying array of demands — cooking meals, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few.
While this season is meant to bring feelings of love and cheer, it’s also the beginning of holiday stress for many. In fact, according to one poll I read said, more than 80% of us find the holiday season to be ‘somewhat’ or ‘very’ stressful. However, the one great thing about holiday stress is that it’s predictable. Unlike some other types of negative stressors, we encounter in life, we know when holiday stress will begin and end, and we can make plans to reduce the amount of stress we experience and the negative impact it has on us.
So, here’s the plan and actually it’s very simple- make sure you take good care of yourself over the holidays so you can actually enjoy them and drink MORE tea! Promise me one thing right now – I want you to promise to take LOTS of “tea vacations” between now and let’s say the middle of January. Find time to incorporate these ‘vacations” into your daily routine and take a much deserved, relaxing break. By taking these frequent “tea vacations” you will be creating your own teatime ritual, for peace of mind and they will also do wonders for your stress levels AND will add simple enjoyment to your day.
So, get in practice right now, so you’ll be all set for those crazy, busy, demanding days ahead – start the tea kettle, turn on some Christmas music and enjoy a calming and comforting cup of tea. And remember practice makes perfect!