The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes holiday stress. For many people, that means dealing with a lot more stress than usual. You’re planning/attending holiday dinners, getting gifts for everyone, keeping the kids occupied on winter vacation, and of course your in-laws. If you like yours consider yourself lucky for one less stress in your life. For the rest of us, their visit cannot end fast enough.
The point is, the holidays can be overwhelming on top of the challenges you face each day making it easy to feel stretched too thin. Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimize the stress.
Here are five ways to manage holiday stress:
Don’t be afraid to say no
If you don’t want to cook, host a holiday party or can’t do something cause you don’t have the time, then don’t. If that perfect gift puts a strain on your bank account, don’t feel obligated to spend money you don’t have. Instead look for something else that’s within your budget range. The point is, saying no will save your sanity and finances in the long run.
Take time for yourself
Having some alone time gives you a chance to slow down, catch your breath, and think about something besides everything that needs to be done for the holidays. Read a book, go for a walk, craft or watch a movie. The important thing is that you do something YOU enjoy.
Make a list of everything you need to do starting with the most important
Planners and to-lists will help you stay organized and keep up with everything much easier. If you see there is more to do than you can handle, you’ll have time to recruit some help instead of stressing over how you will take care of it all. If you don’t have a to-do list or a 2019 planner you can get one here.
Be realistic and don’t set impossible goals
Volunteering to cook dinner for the family, bake holiday cookies for the office party, and taking care of all the shopping may seem like a good idea. However, trying to actually do all of this shit may prove to be way too stressful.
Get some exercise
Exercising helps to clear your mind and improve your overall mood. You’ll also feel more energetic so go jogging, workout at home or go to the gym. If you can’t make it to the gym, no worries. Take some time to yourself and give these health and wellness podcasts a listen.