Now the holiday season is rapidly approaching, with all its joys and struggles. Although it may seem like a small issue in comparison to everything we’ve been through, holiday stress is nothing to brush off. Cooking, baking, shopping, cleaning, and decorating, although often fun activities, can put pressure on us. Not to mention all the visitors during the holiday season! Many of us may have complex or difficult family relationships that must be navigated during this time period as well.
Holiday stress with a backdrop of societal unrest and pandemic may seem like too much to manage, but that’s where self-care comes in. Using self-care tactics isn’t just a self-indulgent way to create warm and fuzzy feelings this holiday season. Self-care is an important and intentional way of creating space in our lives to rest, relax, and rejuvenate. And although that may seem like a difficult task in the midst of the holiday rush, it is in the best interest of all of us to take a moment to brush up on our skills for managing stress and maintaining inner peace during this season.
Join Peacebuilding in taking a Peacebuilding Pause and carving out some time to fill out the attached Holiday Self-Care and Resilience Worksheet. We hope it helps you brainstorm some ideas for getting the most out of the holiday season with the least amount of stress. Happy holidays!