What’s Your Christmas Stress Type?

In the run-up to Christmas, stress levels are rising higher by the day. And the funny thing about stress is that we get to take on a whole new personality!

Would you like to find out what your Christmas stress type says about you?

Here are the 5 most common Christmas stress types. See if you can spot your favourites:

  1. Are you the Strong, Silent Type?
    Showing the outside world that all is well, whilst bubbling away like a pre-eruption volcano inside? You know what’s going to happen – you can only keep a lid on it for so long… It’s time to deal with your Christmas stress and ask for the help you need. Those around you will thank you for it.
  2. Are you the Drama Queen?
    (No offence! I have previously counted myself amongst this worthy brigade!). Do you gladly share the tales of your Christmas woes with all who will listen? Whilst it can be fun, being the centre of the Christmas attention, make sure you drop this habit before so many people are avoiding you that even Santa won’t pop down your chimney!
  3. Are you the Brigadier?
    Stiff upper lip, carry on regardless, got to achieve the goal? Prepared to steam roller through resistance, should anyone be foolish enough to get in your way? Although this might be a great way of getting things done, remember that Christmas is about goodwill to all men, and bullying your way through the festivities won’t be winning you any friends…
  4. Or perhaps you’re the Christmas Fairy?
    Jumping from the top of one tree to the next, spinning as many plates as you can keep in the air, whilst not quite getting anything done? This is a great way to lead to Christmas burn-out. How about playing with finishing a few things off and watching your stress levels drop dramatically?
  5. And finally we come to the Willing Volunteer.
    If this is you, you’ll find yourself taking on more and more of the jobs that others could be helping with, until you get to the point that you’re wishing for Christmas to be over. Even if you normally find it hard to say no, to keep your sanity this Christmas, it might be time to seriously consider this option.

These are, of course, caricatures of how we respond to Christmas stress – and there’s a little bit of each of them in all of us.

101 Ways To De-Stress Your ChristmasWhatever your Christmas stress type, simply being aware of it frees you up to make the choice of whether or not to change.

And if you’re feeling seriously stressed out this Christmas, it’s never too late to have a flick through 101 Ways To De-Stress Your Christmas. No matter which Christmas stress type you’re running, there’s something in it for you.

It’s based on practical psychology, stress management techniques, sleigh-fulls of common sense and a good dose of Christmas humour.

This article was based on Step #2. If you found it useful, then there are bound be to more gems waiting for you from the other 100 ideas!

To find out more, go to http://www.destressyourchristmas.com

Happy Christmas!
Clare x

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