Regardless of whether you are spending the time with family, friends or yourself; at home, on holiday or at the office, this time of the year is stressful. The change in routine and more time spent in different circumstances, is enough to rattle most, whether you are looking forward to the upcoming season or not. And bear in mind that if this rings true for you, it is likely to ring true for at least some of those around you, which means there will be stressed people around stressed people. Ah, the things movies are made of.
While it may be tempting to slip into the ‘responsibilities’ of the season (whatever they may be for you), ensure some quiet time to yourself over the next few weeks, preferably in between the bouts of activity to allow your body and mind to settle. This is not the time to make up for all missed social events and holidays in the year. As with life in general, it is vital to maintain balance.
If you feel yourself becoming frayed along the edges, be kind to yourself and consider that those around you may be feeling the same. Give some thought to how you can notice the beginnings of becoming frayed and ‘quick needs’ that must be met to bring calm again: specific music prepped on the iPod; favourite tea stocked, etc.
If you will be around children, have nap spaces available. They thrive on routine and while they may be thrilled that there is no school and there is more flexibility, they are easily overstimulated and overwhelmed. An afternoon nap will do them wonders. It works for adults too.