Tis the season to be Jolly, Stressed and Frantic.

Arrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh it’s Christmas … not the exciting, classic Slade version, but the frantic, help me, stress fuelled version.

Are your stress levels increasing knowing there are only a few days left until Christmas?  I know mine are, I tried to do some Christmas shopping and literally ran out of ‘Lush’ in fear of my life, it was frantic, crazy and even the beautiful sweet scents could not prevent those feelings of stress and anxiety rearing their ugly heads creating a cortisol disco inside me.

Christmas, “it’s the most wonderful ‘stressful’ time of the year” …. and you need to be prepared … and I don’t just mean for coping with the family and a dry Turkey.

So, if you feel like:

  1. There aren’t enough hours in the day.
  2. You can’t think of what day it is.
  3. You haven’t done anything that YOU want to do for ages.
  4. You can’t see too far into the future.

…then the best thing you can do for yourself this Christmas is live by these commandments because Christmas is a time for fun and frolics there is no time for stress and b*ll*cks!

Thanks to the wonderful people of Mind, here are the “10 Commandments to Reduce Stress”, please repeat after me ….

  • Thou shalt not be perfect or even try
  • Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people
  • Thou shalt leave undone things that ought to be done
  • Thou shalt not spread thyself too thin
  • Thou shalt learn to say “NO”
  • Thou shalt make time for thyself
  • Thou shalt learn to switch off and do nothing regularly
  • Thou shalt be boring, untidy and unattractive at times
  • Thou shalt not feel guilty
  • Thou shalt not be thine own enemy.

Spotting the signs of the stress and nipping them in the buttocks (I hear Forrest Gump in my head every time I say that word) is important so that it doesn’t overflow into January and ruin all the sparkly possibilities of 2019.

We all have stress, it’s not new, we’re not special for experiencing it, we’re going to feel it repeatedly in our lives, and if we are ‘smart’ we won’t let it kill us …. or ruin Christmas – because that’s the wonder of being at the top of the food chain in the modern world – our biggest threat to our own existence (and a peaceful, enjoyable Christmas) is ourselves, and whether we can manage the in-built mechanism that is supposed to enable our survival in the first place (isn’t it ironic? …. don’t you think?).

If so then you may have won the non-cash prize of being over stressed and you need to get it under control before it leads to Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression, Mind numbing Medication and a smorgasbord of medical conditions such as Heart attack, Stroke, M.E or death …. None of which are anywhere near as much fun as playing charades on Christmas afternoon with Great Uncle Bob and his bad Christmas jumper.  

After all, “Tis the season to be Jolly, Tra la la la la, la la, la la!”

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