Simple Ways to Deal with Anxiety During The Holidays and Make the Best of Them 176

dealing with anxiety during the holidays

The holidays are almost here.

They are the time of the year for spending time with the family, enjoying the comfort of your home, preparing delicious meals, resting and not thinking about the hectic everyday life.

But here are the things most people actually do during these days:

  • shopping;
  • trying to find the best gift, which is also the expensive one;
  • having to visit relatives and friends they see once or twice a year;
  • decorating;
  • buying a Christmas tree;
  • overeating;
  • feeling nostalgic about their childhood with all this Christmas atmosphere;
  • New Year’s resolutions;
  • plans for the next year;
  • getting depressed about what they didn’t achieve in this one.

And all this makes us anxious and brings stress.

Not only do we miss out on the rest we’re supposed to have, but we are even too busy and have too many things to think about than usual.

And the holidays become a complicated and stressful experience, rather than the peaceful family-oriented series of events they actually are.

So here are a few simple ways to deal with this anxiety and make the best of this winter’s holidays:

5 Ways to Deal with Anxiety During The Holidays

1. Let go of the need to have the perfect holiday.

Many people try to reach a level of perfection by gathering all the family members (which means having to have awkward silence on the table as some of them are just too distant or listening to arguments between others), preparing and serving as many meals as they can, buying a lot of stuff, having a great Christmas tree and impressive decoration, etc.

And it almost never makes up for all the money that is spent, the lost time, efforts, stress and expectations.

Instead, why don’t you just invite over the ones (no matter if they are family or just friends) that make you feel good, that have been there for you and you love spending time with?
Why don’t you make a small number of meals, but make them with love?
Or just give these people your presence, the nice atmosphere of your home, a warm welcome and gift cards instead of fancy presents?

2. You don’t need to go to any special place.

Stop worrying about choosing a great restaurant to take your partner to, or saving for the most famous destination to visit.

You don’t actually need to go anywhere else if you don’t feel like it.

Just staying at home, not thinking about everyday life (like projects at work, stuff you need to do next month, money problems) and enjoying your family’s company, can make you much more contented than going to a luxurious hotel.

3. The Christmas atmosphere is not that hard to have.

Stop wasting so much money on all the things you see others buy.

Have a small decorative Christmas tree, bake some cookies that will make your place smell nice, light the fireplace, lie on the sofa with your loved ones and watch a Christmas movie.
That is more than enough to give you a pleasant holiday experience.

4. Say ‘no’ more often.

Say no to an invitation for a party or else if you don’t want to go.

Say no to cooking so much only because everyone else is doing it.

Choose only a small part of the decorations you usually put up and the shopping you do.

5. Stop planning, start experiencing.

You can spend all December planning how you’ll celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve, what you’re going to do after that to get back in shape and work flow, what your goals for the next year will be and what you want to be different.

But during that time you’re missing out on what’s important.

So let’s focus on making your kids happy, smiling more, giving presents instead of waiting to receive some, enjoying the snow instead of complaining how cold it is.

These are the simple ways I’m offering that may just be solution that will make your holidays more pleasant, full of great moments and unforgettable.

Here are some posts you may find useful:
Simplify your life during the holidays
Simple, but special gift ideas
Decoration that brings joy
Clever Christmas Hacks

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3 Ways to Effectively Limit Access to Your Parking Lot 8

3 Ways To Effectively Limit Access To Your Parking Lot

Not all areas of a building are meant to be accessible by any person who walks through the door. By the same token, parking lots are meant to be secure in some buildings, and only vehicles with proper access should be permitted to enter.

However, that is not always as easy as it sounds.

Absent barriers and other methods of keeping cars and trucks out of certain areas, parking lots are often considered to be a free for all in many respects. This is obviously not what many businesses and organizations want, so continue reading to learn about three effective ways of limiting access to your parking lot.

Hire Round the Clock Security

There are times when you might want to hire round the clock security to patrol the entrance to certain areas of your parking lot. This human presence tends to serve as an effective deterrent to unauthorized vehicles. At the same time, people parking in the facility will tend to feel safer knowing that a guard is on the premises at all times.

But one drawback of this that must be taken into account is the expense. Salaries and benefits alone may be cost prohibitive for many companies, meaning that other options may need to be considered as well.

Install an Access System

Putting up a physical barrier that requires some type of validating credential before being able to enter a certain section of the parking lot can prove quite effective. There are many types of parking access control systems to choose from within the marketplace today.These systems range from automatic arms that swing up, to full-fledged gates that lock behind an authorized vehicle.

Begin by taking a look at the possible options that are available in your area and then work towards getting the right product for you installed and operational.

Assign Spaces

If you have an issue with important personnel not having a place to park when they arrive at the building, it might be time to assign spaces. While this might not address a security issue, it can help you by allocating parking spaces to the individuals that need them the most. People are not likely to park in a spot that is clearly labeled as being reserved for another individual.

These three tips will help you begin to bring increased safety and security to your parking lot. This becomes even more critical as you begin to grow.

You need to have a way to minimize access to certain areas of your facility, and this begins with your parking lot. Make sure that you and your employees are well protected by spending some time of the front end to get every aspect of your parking structure under control.