Thursday, December 1, 2016

Holiday Stress? Not This Year

Stress is probably one of the most underestimated holiday “companions” we may ever encounter. While the Holiday Season is meant to be a time of love, warmth and cheerfulness, it often turns out to be the most stressful time of the year. Despite the fact that we celebrate every year, the Holidays seem to always take us by surprise. Year after year.

Since holiday stress is predictable and avoidable, why, after all the preparations are finished and the first dinner guests appear at the door, some of us feel so little joy and are getting sick, or are about to collapse from plain exhaustion?

As the overall tension rises during the Holiday Season, many people may become frustrated, ill tempered, impatient, or even angry, especially when the holiday stress is amplified by financial difficulties and feelings of inadequacy and failure.

What is stress?

Stress is the body’s natural response to intense situations that require some kind of action on the part of the individual. Some stress is considered to be good. Experts say that it can actually improve our immune system. Bad stress, however, weakens the body’s immune response and may cause a range of health problems such as sleep disorder, weight gain, heart problems, impaired digestion. An untreated, prolonged or chronic stress may even have deadly consequences.

Is there anything that we can do to avoid stress before the Holidays?

Keeping an eye on your budget, mailing Christmas cards and invitations, and buying gifts early, buying online, preparing a Christmas dinner menu in advance, hiring catering service, delegating tasks to family members, etc., are some of the strategies worth embracing if we want to avoid unnecessary stress. But even if we do, we may still worry that the cards or gifts might not be delivered on time, or that someone forgets what we asked them to do.

The very fact that we still have to oversee all the preparations of the festive dinner makes the “delegating business” just as stressful as doing everything oneself. No matter what we do, stress and anxiety seem unavoidable as there always is a chance that things might go wrong. The vision of impending catastrophe is almost comical and yet, not funny at all.

So, if the Holiday stress seems unavoidable, why not give yourself a gift of relaxation? You could schedule an early afternoon visit to a spa and pamper yourself. Or send your family off to the the movies or a skating ring and take a relaxing bath after a long day of Christmas shopping. Light some scented candles and listen to a quiet, soothing music. Have a cup of hot chocolate, some calming herbal infusion, or a nice glass of wine. Go to bed early. Relax and don’t let the holiday stress ruin your Holidays.

We function much better when we are relaxed. Our memory improves and we are in a much better mood.

Plan ahead and remember that things do not have to be perfect. Holidays are about joy and cordiality, not about perfection. So, if Holidays mean stress to you, maybe it is time to simplify the way you celebrate.

To help you just a little with your holiday shopping we will publish a small gift guide. As you may already know our products are made to order and our fulfillment partner company has imposed deadlines that you will have to consider if you want your orders to arrive on time. We are also offering a special Holiday Season discount. Type code


at checkout to receive 15% discount on your entire purchase. Remember to order by December 12 at the latest. After this time we cannot guarantee delivery before Christmas. For all late comers and the undecided buyers, Jimmo now offers Gift Cards. You may want to explore this option, just in case.

Dominique Allmon, Marketing Assistant at Jimmo's

Dominique Allmon©2016

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