Phew! Welcome to the holiday season! For sensitive people this is the most exhausting time of the year. From emotion provoking commercials to absorbing the stress of others, this season takes some serious emotional ninja skills to make it out alive. Here is a list dedicated to what it is like being an overwhelmed sensitive person during the holidays:
1. The Stress.
From stressing out on what gift to give that one person in your life who is impossible to shop for to your mom sending five texts per day asking when you will make it home to decorate the tree, the holiday season seems to be filled with extra stress.
If you are a sensitive person you will absorb other people's stress like some sort of mystical sponge. So if your mom is freaking out having family over you suddenly will too. You may find yourself daydreaming to a much less stressful time, say the entire month of March?
2. Emotional holiday commericals? They're. Savage.
It seems as if every company on the planet has a personal vendetta against your heart. Aren't the holidays supposed to give you warm fuzzies and cheer? Why must companies break your heart before you buy what they sell?
3. The pretty lights.
Sometimes Christmas lights are not just pretty, but absolutely stunning! If done correctly, they may bring a slight tear to your eye and fill your heart with joy. But don't worry, you can most likely blame the tears on the harsh winter winds smacking you in your sensitive little face.
4. The beauty of winter in general.
Sensitive people can be easily affected by the sight of something beautiful. There are not too many sights that can compare with fresh fallen snow on a quiet, serene winter landscape. If you are lucky enough to see one this winter take a deep breath and appreciate the beauty.
5. The sappy Christmas movies.
Thankfully most Christmas movies have happy endings. Unfortunately, if you are a sensitive person you will still probably end up crying when Buddy the Elf finally bonds with his dad or when Frosty returns after melting.
6. The sad Christmas songs.
Sad Christmas songs. They have the power to wreck you. You will be driving along scanning the radio and find the station playing Christmas songs and decide to hang out there for a little bit. Huge mistake!
Because even though right now you may be listening to "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee, next thing you know you will be barely grasping your steering wheel sobbing through "Christmas Shoes" by Bob Carlisle.
Being sensitive is a blessing, not a curse, and you will make it through the holidays!