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It’s snowing here in Tennessee today which can only mean one thing, the holidays are officially here! This is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the cold weather which is perfect for snuggling, I love the fun music and decorations, and I’ll admit it, the food and gifts are pretty awesome as well! With all the wonderful things that come with the holiday season, it can also be a stressful time. Finding that perfect gift for family and friends, cleaning house for company, and trying to remember the real reason for the season can be a plateful for sure. So taking a deep breath and trying to enjoy the season is important and and I wanted to share with you some great tips for fighting holiday stress that work for me!
Pamela is an RN, MSN/Ed.
Pamela is a mother of 6 amazing children ages 11 to 24. She is a nurse educator and loves to travel overseas to work in medical clinics and teach health-related topics to schools and communities. She has been married to her best friend, Steve, for 29 years. She has many different interests including reading, writing (NOT arithmetic!), baking, teaching, and spending time with her family. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband and two youngest daughters.
My Top 5 Ways to Reduce Stress
Once upon a time, there was a lovely mother. She prepared 3 healthy meals (plus snacks!) for her family from scratch every day. She grew her own vegetables, sewed all her family’s clothes, made her own cheese and yogurt (from her own goat that she milked every day), and still had time to keep a spotless home! She drove her children to their many activities, volunteered at the homeless shelter and brought meals to shut-ins. Before her husband came home from work each day, she freshened up, brushed her naturally curly hair until it was glossy and put on lipstick. She greeted him with a smile and a kiss, and spent the rest of the evening charming him with her wit and intelligence. This woman always had time to visit on the phone when you called, was happy to babysit any amount of children at a moment’s notice, and had a kind word for everyone. She lit up the room, she was amazing….she was my dream.
Enter reality. Many of us would love to be that woman. Some of us even strive for it. If you are like me, you realize how miserably we fail at meeting our own expectations! Do you know why? I’ll tell you: we try to live up to unrealistic expectations, we want to be (and think we can be) super-women! I am not trying to pop your bubble, honest. I have been around the block a few times (remember my birthday post a few weeks ago?), and have raised 5 great kids to adulthood, and one pretty terrific 12 year old! I get praised all the time on what a great mother I was/am…do you want to know the truth? I felt like I was a failure most days. I knew when I messed up, you probably do to. I think many of us put too much pressure on being the perfect mom. If we aren’t careful, we will waste time wallowing over our ineptitude before we realize our kids are all grown up!Continue reading