Stress Prevention at Christmas – interview with Health Coach Alison Walters
Hi, Winter Sunshine *<]:^)
With the holiday upon us, a lot of people are feeling pressure to ‘get things ready’ for the big day.
Whether you are religious or not, I think we can all agree that this is a special time of year when we get to reflect, gather and show appreciation to people in our lives.
In our stress -filled lives, it is also easy to lose our pleasure in the pressures of getting the rights gifts for people, getting cards out on time, buying and preparing food, making travel arrangements, and of course paying for all this.
This is also a time of year when we remember charities and those of us who have lost family, health or even a home. It is a good opportunity to notice this need all year long, and how you could make a difference.
In this interview, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Alison Walters, share her experience of what are the most important things to keep in mind to enjoy a great Christmas holiday.
Hi, Kim! Thanks for inviting me to answer these questions.
1. Everything about Christmas is magic to me. I think there’s just something so hopeful about it; it’s one last time during the year to be with those you love, give to those in need, mend mistakes, make wishes, or set intentions for a bright new beginning in the new year. With that, I think of all the beautiful lights on houses and trees, snowy rooftops, family traditions, peppermint everything, decorations, treats, music…I really do love all of it.
2. Every year is a little different because I have a lot of extended family; so Christmas is always split up between each family branch. I always look forward to seeing everyone and catching up. In my immediate family, one fun tradition is unwrapping a gift on Christmas Eve with my two sisters. We pretend to be surprised, but it always turns out to be a pair of festive pajama pants. The next morning we wake up, turn on some holiday music, exchange gifts, and have a big breakfast before heading out to more family get-togethers.
This is my sisters and I (and our family cats!) in last year’s pj’s
3. Something fun that we do in my family is called “RACK’d” – which means “Random Acts of Christmas Kindness.” We used to put together things like hot chocolate mix, snack bags, bundles of gloves/hats, and other little things that might help or put a smile on someone’s face, who might be having a hard time during the holidays. These days we haven’t been calling it “RACK’d” so much, but we still make sure to somehow give to others as much as possible. That’s the whole point of Christmas to me. I plan to pass that down to my own children when the time comes.
4. I know that this can be a hard time for some. It weighs on my heart to know that there are families who feel broken, who are missing members, or people who might be alone. I think it’s important to be kind to everyone you meet, all year round, but also during this time of year; you never know what they might be dealing with. Even a simple, genuine smile, can make a difference to someone. I feel very fortunate and grateful for everyone I have in my life, and I try to hold them tight and remember what’s important, rather than get caught up in the hassle that the holidays can bring.
5. I wish for everyone, for just a minute… to let go of their to-do lists, their buying lists, financial or travel stresses, or whatever else is causing them to feel tense… and choose love. I hope that for a minute at least, they can recognize the beauty that Christmas time has to offer, and feel the hope of the new year that grows closer.
Sending love and holiday cheer!
Wishing you and your loved-ones much laughter and joy,