Being overwhelmed is not a fact -- it's a state of consciousness that limits your freedom and happiness. It requires a shift in perspective. Bring yourself back to the present moment. Remember that you have a choice about the way you want to feel.
Christmas with a blended family of six kids was pretty chaotic. First, the kids got gifts from a vast empire of grandparents and step-grandparents, and our ex-spouses had their own holiday bashes to boot.
Parents keep a variety of secrets in an effort to protect their teens but it is my strong belief that teens are old enough and mature enough to hear the real family stories. And, perhaps telling family truths is yet another unwrapped gift that you can give your kids for Christmas.
When we add buying and wrapping gifts, decorating the house both inside and out, planning and cooking the special holiday meal to everything else on our plates, many of us get stressed and are unable to see things clearly and respond objectively.
There are many ways to alleviate stress, but one powerful natural remedy that is free and available to everyone is often overlooked: our dreams.
According to a recent survey performed by Greenberg Research: People in the United States are more likely to feel their stress increases rather than ...
This year, I entered the holiday season in a funk. At work and at home, I felt pulled in too many directions. The thought of the holidays seemed overwhelming, and if I'm being completely honest, I really just wanted it to come and go without having to participate at all.
Clearly, Noah Webster never hunted for a non-existent parking space, cringed at his ATM balance or frantically vacuumed dog hair off the couch before guests arrived.
It's the biggest holiday of the year for most of us, a time of joy and celebration, and yet also a time of emotional anxiety - the mad rush of last minute shopping, frustration, frayed nerves, family conflict, obligation, and overeating.
Photograph taken by Kristin A. Meekhof A few years ago, I had the idea of wriiting a book for widows, and I decided that it would even be a better ...
On Santa Day, I have these visions of amazing photos and crafts and great food and sitting by the outdoor fire pit and seeing the reindeer and riding on the hayride around the farm until we skip to the car holding hands and smiling at the fantastic experience and talk non-stop on the short ride home. Instead, the day goes something like this.
All of these emotions in mind, high moments have been tremendously high, and low moments have been intensely low. It took several disagreements with family, gift mishaps, flaky party guests and food gone wrong before I stopped myself amidst the madness to recoup and rebalance.
I find a lot of people have holiday anxiety. We all need to calm it down. There's no better present you can give yourself than a rest from all the flurry and a break from feeling you need to plugged in, lit up or in sync with anyone. Just let it go.
You've worked so hard to make a happy holiday season for the people you love -- the rest of us have no idea what it's taken you to get to this point. ...
The average American gains between 4 and 7 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is a scary statistic. Parties, family gatherings, stress, alcohol and fatigue are all to blame. The good news is that it doesn't have to be this way. Here are a few tips for keeping slim this holiday season:
Anxieties and tempers are high. Seemingly simple messages are loaded with the weight of the world (or, at least the weight of family baggage from decades past). People are on edge. And relationships that are challenging at all -- and those are often the ones you've had most of your life -- can become downright unbearable this time of year.