Professional man burned out at the holiday from work

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Or is it? This song, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, made popular by singer, Andy Williams, has been used in several movies and sung every year by millions. Yet, 72% of Americans have stated they “don’t feel joyful during the holidays.” Our health statistics back this up. More people have heart attacks in December and January than at any other time during the year!

Since I’m from Texas, let’s say leaders need to practice the Texas two-step which takes two.

  1. There’s technical support. I remember starting my first eZine and asking for technical support. A virtual assistant, YouTube videos, and other resources can support you where you are technically challenged.
  2. Next, there’s emotional support which is usually counseling, mentoring, or professional coaching. It’s here where you get encouragement, feedback, and a listening ear. If you’re looking for support for your leaders and managers, here’s a workplace resource.
  3. Finally, there’s practical support. Need a home organizer to declutter your space? Hire one. Need a friend to watch the kids while you go on a date night? Ask.

Asking for help is a sign of strength.

Two people working together is much more potent than one working alone.

Bah Humbug!

You have visions of sugarplums dancing in your head and Hallmark living room scenes setting your expectations. And then…the holidays don’t look perfect in your house. Perhaps you’re dealing with blended families. Maybe the primary bread earner just received the pink slip. Many families have medical emergencies or mourn the loss of a loved one who isn’t sitting around the table with them this year.

Whatever is happening in your family that has it resembling a horror movie instead of a Hallmark highlight with a happy ending, it’s okay. Managing your expectations and giving yourself permission to feel and express your emotions can help you navigate the holidays.

Reevaluating your expectations and establishing new traditions based on how your family looks and engages with one another can help future holiday gatherings look picture-perfect. You may not be sitting around the fireplace with the aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg dancing through the room as everyone laughs with pure joy. Let’s face it–most of our families do not look like a Hallmark movie!

As Americans we live with stress–not only during the holidays but all year long! This makes it difficult to enter into the holidays, a time of the year that produces more stress for many people. Part of entering into the holiday season with joy is to eliminate stress from other areas of your life.

As a leader in your home and family, here are some tips to help you survive and enjoy the holidays:

  • Think in terms of balance and moderation. Unfortunately, alcohol, food, and activity can be overdone and out-of-balance, giving your Texas two-step a stumble.
  • Rediscover the true meaning of Christmas, and make the holidays “Holy days.” Eliminate the focus on commercialism.
  • Practice heart-felt holidays. One of my favorite gifts of all time is a collage my dad gave me entitled “Tell Me ‘Bout the Good ‘Ol Days.” This is a treasured piece that reminds me that my family experiences Hallmark moments.
  • Don’t be a “sugar daddy.” It takes the average American home four months to pay off Christmas debt. Talk about heart attacks!

If you want this holiday season to be the most wonderful time of the year, practice some of these tips and find your perfect way to celebrate. If you need coaching support to grow your business without zapping your joy of the holidays, two-step with me here.

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