Stress Free over the holidays


Here are some tips to help reduce your stress this Holiday season!

The Holiday season can be filled with great experiences, food, and feelings. It can also be a very stressful time. Between hosting large family functions, attending holiday parties, purchasing gifts, and worrying about money and expectations it can be a lot.

Here are some tips to help reduce your stress this Holiday season!

Establish a budget:

Money issues are one of the leading causes of stress during the holiday season. Being organized and realistic about your budget will help you to ensure that you do not overspend. Manage impulsive spending by taking only the cash you can afford to spend on shopping trips and leaving all cards at home!

Gifts:

It can be stressful to find the right gift for someone, especially when the mall is packed with other frantic people. Why not seek out some locally owned stores? You’re likely to find unique gift options and ideas. Remember, gifting experiences can be the best gift of all. Why not give your niece a day trip to the zoo? I am sure your mother would love to paint pottery with you! Think outside of the box this year, and you may have more fun as well.

Food:

Are you hosting family dinner this year? Whether that’s two extra people or 15 it can be very stressful to organize. It is important to ask for help, and also plan ahead. Are you able to prep food a couple of days ahead of time? What about creating dishes and freezing them? This can dramatically reduce the amount of time you need to spend in the kitchen.

Stay Active:

The antidote for holiday stress could be just as simple as taking a walk around the block. Regular exercise can help to decrease tension and boost and stabilize mood. If you begin to feel tense, take the opportunity to get out of the house – Go for a walk or a run. Your body (and mind) will thank you!

Laughter:

It goes a long way in the fight against stress. Try to have fun and avoid the search for perfection. It is Christmas, after all!

The Holiday season can be stressful. It is important to take time for self-care and routine. Pre-plan as best as you can and take care of your mental health. Your health is important.

2018-12-13T20:28:00+00:00 December 15th, 2018|