Over the last few weeks, I've written about surviving the holidays, looking back on 2013 and looking forward to 2014, staying calm amidst the holiday storm, and other topics related to the stressors of the holiday season.
So, how did you do? How were your holidays? Did you stay calm, enjoy yourself, and resist the temptation of going overboard in terms of drinking, eating or otherwise partying more than you know you should? Was it a success on various levels? Did you learn any valuable lessons?
Being in the Present
In terms of staying attentive to the present moment, I wrote the following in a previous post:
"No matter how stressful the holidays are, it's also important to enjoy the fun aspects of this festive time of year, reminding ourselves of what it's really all about.
"Look for the positive, connect authentically with others, do your best to be present, and allow yourself to have a good time. The stress won't get you anywhere, but the togetherness of family and the cheer of the holidays can be a great balm for the spirit.
"Let yourself have fun, delegate some work and responsibilities to others, and remember that, in the end, it's really all about love, joy and togetherness."
"When living with diabetes, we recognize that controlling stress is an important aspect of our overall self-care regimen, and with the tempting potential for overeating and overindulgence during the holiday season, it’s all the more reason to get our stress under control and keep ourselves in equilibrium to whatever extent we can manage.
"Avoidance of stress is a lovely notion that can seem unrealistic, there are indeed some stressors that we can plan for, going so far as to avoid them if we can (or at least mitigate their power over us).
"One way that many of us run into trouble around the holidays in terms of stress truly comes down to poor planning and preparation. Granted, our lives are busy (and only get busier towards the end of the year when travel and holiday celebrations enter the fray), but we can also thoughtfully prepare for what’s coming by acting preemptively."