For a less stressful, more peaceful holiday season, the time to start is
now, says Donna Marie, M.A., facilitator of HAP’s
REVIVE: Simple Tools
to Overcome Stress
program, professional life coach and confidante,
. “Sit down with your family in the fall,
late October is a good time, and talk about a plan for the upcoming
holidays,” she suggests.
Talk about work:
“Depending on your line of work, you may or may not be able to
schedule time off,” Donna acknowledges. Either way, there are ways
to reduce mental “clutter” for a calmer holiday. If you’re taking time
off, but still have to be available, use your outgoing voice message and
auto-reply emails to set expectations in terms of your response time.
“To keep emails from piling up, check once a day, and answer or delete
whatever you can quickly. Let co-workers know you’re not taking
phone calls and that the best way to reach you is by email.”
Talk about giving:
“We all love gifts, but do we really need so many?
What if we set aside some of our gift budget to
donate to a charity or two?” Donna suggests. “Pick
a charity as a family, and then donate whatever
you can afford.
It doesn’t just have to be financial support, a gift
of your time is valuable. If your charity is a senior
center, for example, maybe you could make a visit
there as a family. Talk with extended family and let them know your
family will be donating to a charity, so you manage their expectations.
They may decide to do the same thing.”
Talk about what you love:
What did your family members love about last year’s holiday season?
What didn’t work so well? Decide what you want to do differently this
year. Get a consensus, and refine your holiday customs year by year.
Let’s Talk Holidays
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