You know that scene from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation when the doorbell rings as the in-laws arrive…the ding dong gets louder and the tone becomes more dramatic by the minute? That’s the feeling the holidays bring…you hold your breath and hope for the best.
Most people have high stress during the holidays due to family get-togethers. Here are some muscially inspired ideas to help improve the stress that the holidays can bring.
1. Frankie Says Relax: Mark Twain said, “When you strive to make an impression, that is the impression you make.” So maybe have the attitude that you aren’t trying to impress anyone and just be yourself.
2. ‘Til Tuesday- Voices Carry: Stay neutral like Switzerland and let your company do the talking. This way you won’t feel bad about saying something you shouldn't or giving out too much information.
3. Bobby McFerrin- Don’t Worry, Be Happy: Take a walk outside in the fresh air, do the dishes, keep your yoga date with your sister…You’ll come back feeling happier and much more relaxed.
4. Salt-N-Pepa- Let’s Talk About Sex Baby: Having the in-laws in the house might not make you feel in the mood, but the closer you are with your husband the more of a team you are together.
5. Natalie Wood- I Feel Pretty, Oh so Pretty: Go to the spa for a massage or facial. Get your hair and nails done before, during or after your in-laws arrive. It will not only make you feel pretty but also better about everything and you’ll look and feel like you’re on top of your game.
6. Dionne Warwick- That’s What Friends Are For: Invite your friends over and bring fresh blood into the mix to ensure good times and instant comradery.
7. Queen- We Will We Will Rock You: Watch sports, sports and more sports! Football is a great way to pass the time and keeps everyone entertained.
8. Loretta Lynn- Wine, Women and Song:
Wine is your friend! Enough said!
9. Billy Joel- We Didn't Start the Fire: Try to steer clear of discussing politics and religion.
10. Madonna- Just Like a Prayer: pray for patience.
This holiday, keep things simple and stress-free and try to have as much fun as you can. I love this Chinese Proverb: "Govern a family as you would cook a small fish- very gently." Here's to a gentle holiday season!