Today is Boxing Day and it’s not what you may think. Today is a traditional English holiday that is said to have started in the Middle Ages when servants, who worked on Christmas Day, had the day after Christmas off to spend with family. As they left to visit family their employers presented them with gift boxes.
In the spirit of Boxing Day, here is a gift of joy for everyone we love and hold dear.
Each Tuesday for the month of December, the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) has been posting tips for caregivers to help the holidays be a little less stressful.
It is our final Tuesday before the holiday. Typically, we’ve added two weekly tips; this week, we’ve thrown in some bonus ones.
These tips are adapted from the article, “Stress and the Holidays: Coping Strategies to Keep you Sane” by Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW.
1. Start traditions that make the most sense to you in your life now. It doesn’t always have to be done the same way every year.
2. Do things together as a family that you all truly enjoy.
3. Make the holiday season a time for you and your loved ones to have fun and share special memories. When the entire season is over, sit down, relax and count your blessings. Remind yourself as to how lucky you are. When you make an effort to have a joyous, stress-free holiday, you avoid the stress. The key is to plan ahead, and to ask for and accept help from others.
Our BEST Space and the BEST Learning Center in University Place, Washington, will be closed for the holidays from December 24 through December 28. We will resume standard operating hours on Monday, December 29.
Happy holidays and BEST wishes for 2015 from all of us at the Brain Energy Support Team!
Well, it’s the final week before Christmastime.
Wow. THAT went by fast.
As you know, each Tuesday on this blog, the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) offers two tips and strategies to help caregivers make the best of the holiday season. Here are the two tips for today (adapted from the article, “Stress and the Holidays: Coping Strategies to Keep you Sane” by Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW)
1. Work minute by minute on your attitude. Postpone becoming angry and show understanding and calmness. This technique should be used not only during the holiday period but every day!
2. Any task you have chosen to do, whether it be the cooking, cleaning, gift wrapping, card addressing, organizing, decorating or shopping, it is to be viewed as a choice that you made. Try to have fun in tackling these tasks, which will make the holiday easier and keep your spirits positive.