The most wonderful time of year is often the most hectic and demanding time of year! When you combine whatever typically occupies your time with the holidays and other year-end endeavors,
it can spell S-T-R-E-S-S.
Sadly, stress does not bring out your inner greatness. Quite the contrary! Stress awakens your inner Grinch, casting a dark shadow on this cheery time of year. Learning to respond to stress in a healthier and more constructive way during the holiday season is a habit that will serve you well all year around!
The gap between how things are and how you think they should be – that’s stress.
There are three steps you can take to immediately lessen stress and shrink that gap.
1. Get more realistic
The first step to less stress is getting more realistic about what you are capable of. As long as you are attempting to live your life in a way that exceeds your limits, you will experience stress!
2. Identify the typical stressors for your personality type
With this information you can proactively sidestep potential stressors.
3. Get intentional about developing the habits necessary to minimize stress.
This is not easy. If it were, you would have already done it! The reward is a significantly more enjoyable life so it is well worth the effort!
If you are not sure what your unique personality profile is, consider taking a DiSC personality assessment. It will provide you with a wide variety of applicable information and valuable insights. In the meantime, you can make an informed guess here.
Ready to identify your stressors and embrace some new habits?
Stress is a part of modern day life. It will happen – it is unavoidable. The good news is that stress does not have to ruin things if you are willing to adjust your expectations and develop better habits.
What changes will enable you to delight in the joy of the season? How will this benefit you all year long?