Do we need to be so busy & stressed before Christmas?

  • 13 November 2015
  • Angela Miccio-Harris

I was having a chat in the week to my friend. We both keep hearing how everyone is saying they are hectic—life has got so busy, work is busy and everyone wants everything done yesterday.

Many I meet are stressed and will be glad when it’s all over. For those of you who love the frantic build up to the holiday season then that’s fine and this read won’t apply to you.  It’s for those who find it too busy and become stressed. I will share some thoughts, hope that’s ok? Keen to hear your views also.

                                      Graphic of man in suit looking stressed and frazzled                                                                               Woman at office desk past home time and with an overflowing in-box is drinking coffee directly from the pot

Do we really need to be so busy? I can’t help but wonder. Maybe occasionally and some places - catering for Christmas functions, and retail shops get busier as people are buying more gifts. But…I wonder can many other tasks not wait and be done after the holidays, does it really matter if the house renovations aren’t finished or if you have not caught up with all your work or completed certain tasks does it really matter?  After all if it’s been that way all year why the sudden rush now to get things completed?  So does everything need to be squared up by the holidays? Why put the pressure on yourself or your staff?  You are returning back to work later are you not? Does the spring cleaning of your home need to be done now at this time? I understand things and jobs are lovely to have done and completed but at what expense?  I understand some things maybe completely out of your control but evaluate carefully if this is so.

What’s in your power to change to make things easier?

I also can’t help but wonder do we somehow attract busyness? Create it ourselves? - through our speech, our words? The law of attraction goes into motion, as we seem to have a natural presumption that come November life is going to get hectic and sure enough its does.  We do it to ourselves? Do we need to change our thinking and be expectant for calm? Tomorrow does still exist.

So keep things in perspective! Life does not come to an end come 25th December.  It is not dooms day that we must get it all done before hand. That pressure just so takes the joy out of Christmas, the holiday season and many people end up exhausted.

 I always see Christmas the “festive season,” as a time to be with loved ones, family and friends to be grateful for them and share the day or surrounding days with those key special people in our lives. That’s it! You don’t need to plan to catch up with everyone you know before Christmas, you can easily wish them a Merry Christmas. Txt, phone, send them a card and you will see them again in the new year. If it’s going to cause you to become frantic don’t do it to yourself. People need to understand.

Enjoy yourself this Christmas

What are your thoughts? Who does busy-ness serve?  Can we somehow ease the burden for those who are feeling the pressure of the lead up to the holiday season?  Arrive at Christmas feeling happy and excited and even relaxed?

Perhaps you could benefit in having a conversation with someone if it’s someone else putting the pressure or demands on you that are stressing you out.

It’s just a shame that’s all - that such a great time of the year can be ruined for many.  Traditions are good to have, creating memories for ourselves and family is important, moments of joy and laughter are great and this tradition is a wonderful one, it should be an awesome time of the year, pretty much the whole world is on holiday that’s pretty cool, so enjoy!!

About Angela Miccio-Harris

Angela is Speaker& Coach. Passionate about helping busy, motivated people who wish to live their best Life Now! with changes that lasts around actions or mindsets that last. She is strategic and goal focused with a range of tools in her toolbox that she can pull from. So you get things in place gain insight and are moving ahead, creating greater joy and satisfaction instead of staying stuck or frustrated with your life, well-being, finances or work. She is a Results Certified BBC Coach from the Neuroleadership Group and a qualified member of the International Coaching Federation. Take advantage of the wealth of experience she has to offer with her Complimentary 30 minute “discovery session” at email She works with clients throughout New Zealand via Skype or face to face.

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