Mr Wayne W BradleyBy Wayne W. Bradley, Sr.

Let the hustle and bustle begin. But, before you begin to participate and suffer undue physical or economic stress as a result, hear this: take care of yourself…first.

While giving is the theme of the holidays, and giving to others is not a bad thing you can’t take yourself out of the equation. It not only helps the receiver, but giving is a natural part of our human make-up, and it makes us feel good to do for others. But, like everything there is a limit.

So often, we put the needs of others before our own and suffer as a result. We are stressed out, over extended and end up resenting the demands we either place on ourselves or allowed to be imposed upon us. In the end, everyone loses as a result.

Keep in mind the pre-flight instructions given by the flight attendants: make sure you have put on your own mask before assisting others with theirs. Period. If you are not in the position of strength on your own, you are very little or no help to others.

Here are a few tips for keeping holiday burn out at bay:

  1. Know your limits—both physical and economic. If you are unable to babysit, shop after working all day, clean the entire house alone, or buy the expensive gifts your family members want, then don’t do it.
  2. Ask for help—whether it is from family and friends, or a professional source. Asking for assistance and support is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of strength. And, this is the season for sharing, so let others help with the dinner or family gatherings.
  3. Set a budget—of time and money—and stick to it. Recognize what your ant or are able to do and spend, and stay within your means. You’ll appreciate this after the holidays when the bills start to come.
  4. Take time for you. It is easy to get caught up in the rush and rumble, but your body needs a break and replenishing. Take a moment to meditate, say a quiet prayer, or a few moments of deep breathing exercises. You may not be able to take a vacation, but close your eyes for a moment and imagine you are someplace else.
  5. Remember it’s OK to just be. We sometimes associate productivity with being busy. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect, and we can simply connect with the true meaning of the holiday—just enjoy being.

The holidays are mean to be enjoyed, and should not be a source of physical, mental, emotional or economic stress. Take the necessary steps to make this season bright for your loves ones, and you!

This is provided as informational only, and is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Please visit your medical practitioner for all matters related to health, wellness and relative practices. If you need a medical professional, visit www.dchcquality.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @1DCHC