5 Ways To Reduce Holiday Stress
Holidays can be stressful, but with a plan, you can keep the stress to a minimum. You want to spend most of your time enjoying family and friends. Here are five ways you can make sure the holidays are more fun than stressful.
ONE: DON’T PROCRASTINATE
When you start preparing for the holidays early, you will feel less stressed as they approach because you will have less to do in a shorter amount of time. The earlier you finish your shopping and decorating, the more time you have to enjoy the season with family and friends. Make sure you prepare for each shopping trip before you head out. The less time you spend in malls, the less stressed you would feel. If you can manage to complete your holidays shopping in a few trips and not heading out every time you think of something new, the better off you will be.
“Don’t stress yourself out focusing on little details that no one else is even going to notice.”
TWO: STICK TO YOUR ROUTINE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
With more being added to your plate as the holidays approach, you should try to keep to your routine as much as you can. Don’t sacrifice your workouts, family’s sleep schedule, or eating habit. Don’t eat out more because you don’t have enough time to cook meals. If you have to, cook and freeze meals that you can reheat when you’re crunched for time. If you hit the gym a few times a week, stick to your schedule. That will help reduce any stress you might be dealing with and release feel-good hormones.
THREE: DON’T TRY TO IMPRESS OTHERS
If your focus during the holidays is to impress others, you are stealing your own happiness. No one cares about your flawlessly wrapped, color-coordinated gifts. No one is going to be talking about your perfect holiday party in a few weeks. What’s important is time spent together enjoying the true meaning of the holiday. Don’t stress yourself out focusing on little details that no one else is even going to notice.
“You don’t want to go into the new year with a lot of debt.”
FOUR: — — USE YOUR CALENDAR
With the holidays comes a lot of get-togethers, children’s events, and family and company parties. If you want to reduce stress, it’s important to stay organized. If there is overlap, you and your spouse may have to decide together which you will attend. Don’t be afraid to decline any invitations that clash with your schedule. It’s easy to feel guilty for being unable to participate in everything, but sometimes it’s just not possible. A shared digital calendar is also a good way for you and your spouse to stay on the same page about what’s happening in your life.
One of the most significant stresses during the holiday is financial. If you can’t afford to buy everyone unique gifts the way you would like to, find other ideas. You can suggest doing secret Santa or white elephant with your extended family and only shop individually for small children. That will save everyone a lot of money and time. You don’t want to go into the new year with a lot of debt. It’s important to save all year long for the holidays, so make that a goal for the coming year, not so that you can spend more on gifts, but so that you don’t have the stress and worry once the season arrives.
You can reduce holiday stress and enjoy the season this year by following some or all of the above tips. VIGOROUS