Nurse struggle with Holiday Stress

by Angela Brooks

Holiday Stress

As nurse who worked 21 years on the night shift, I have missed so many holidays I became the grumpy scrooge just thinking about the holiday coming. It was a fact I would either work the eve of the holiday or the day itself. On the days I had off I was tired from the shift before and it was hard to enjoy the family on a two hour nap. If you have ever worked shift work you know the feeling I am talking about.

Most nurse’s schedule contain long hours on top of trying to spend time with family. Managing stress is a must. Lisa Birnesser is a stress expert and she said it better than I could. You can read more from Lisa on her website

Grumpiness is futile.If you have tried to finish any shopping yet, you most likely have come across all kinds of shoppers.  I began to notice how stressed everyone was even far before Thanksgiving. Now that the volume of holiday tension is cranked, it’s important to show gentleness, manners and respect that is the spirit of humankind. The Grinch, no matter how hard he tried, couldn’t resist the contagious love and kindness in the air from Whoville. Open your heart and feel the positive vibes of the season. Carry them with you to share year round.

Christmas is coming no matter what. Regardless of how stressed you get with decorations or finding the most perfect gift, the holiday season will come and go. The Grinch finally realized that Christmas didn’t come from a store. He realized that there was so much more to the season. Details may be very important to you. But is that very special bow or paper be the thing your loved one will remember after the holidays? So, when you feel holiday stress take a deep breath and believe that the love in your heart is more than enough for everyone.

You can find something positive in anything. The Grinch absolutely hated Christmas morning. He truly thought the holiday was about all the noise, toys and roast beast for their holiday feast. And, of course, he hated the Who’s singing the most of all. Bring awareness to see beyond the stress and aggravation around you. Pick a random act of kindness for someone you don’t know. And, don’t forget your gratitude list to shift you out of a negative experience or mood.

The Spirit of the season lives in us always. The Grinch’s plan was to remove everything that would cause the Who’s to have a happy holiday. What he didn’t count on was that the Whos didn’t need anything to celebrate the Spirit of Christmas. They had everything they wanted by connecting with each other. That’s something beautiful that the Grinch learned that day.  We also have everything we need right now to celebrate happiness, whether in the middle of the holiday season or all year.

I hope this helped you make a plan for the days that will be tuff – holidays come once a year and family is priceless.

Merry Christmas

Angela was voted 110th Leading Moms in Business she is also Silver Director for her achievement of being the first Young Living Distributor to build a solid Silver 2nd level Team Performance and over 20,000 in volume without using the phone. She is setting a model of how to build relationships online, through social media, blogging and email. Check out her website at

Angela Brooks is a retired nurse after 25 years in mental health. She used her lunch breaks to build her business part time on the night shift. Her car became a mobile university as she listened to business training, coaching calls on CD and phone webinars. She blogged while she was at her sons' baseball practices.

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1 Lisa Birnesser December 10, 2012 at 9:29 am

It’s so easy to get caught up in the long lists of everything you have to do this time of year. But you miss out completely on the joy around you- and inside you. It’s my intent to guide as many people as possible to look at the holiday season differently this year and remember the reason for their season. Thanks, Angela!

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