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Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

Sun, Nov 26, 2017 at 12:10PM

Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season


It is so easy for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to take away from your holiday joy. With the parties, decorating, shopping, and baking, all this good intentioned merriment can leave you feeling drained.  Good news- you can safeguard your mental, physical, and emotional health by making a few minor changes.  


Here are some practical tips to help you reduce your stress during this special time of year:


  • Prioritize your holiday fun- Sometimes less is more. This holiday season take a more simplistic approach and give yourself permission to say “no” to all the extra activities. Choose only those events or traditions that are important to you and your family, and make the most of those special times. Cut back on your “to-do” list, and resist the pressure to do it all and have it all. Over commitment can not only drain you emotionally, but also can take a physical toll on your body. Focus on what you have, rather than what you don’t. The holiday can be a reminder that you don’t have enough. Not enough time, money, gifts to give, and even happiness. Instead of dwelling on what you wish was different in your life, focus on the good. What is going well in your life? What brings you joy? Who is important to you? Intentionally work on having an attitude of gratitude.
  • Watch for signs that you need to slow down- Your body and mind may be giving you signs that you need to slow it down. As your stress levels rise, you may notice that you are irritable, unable perform daily responsibilities, never feel satisfied, or have an increased sense of urgency .You may also have difficulty sleeping, or even suffer from headaches and stomachaches. Stress also decreases your immune system. Getting sick will put a huge damper on holiday fun.
  • Make your health a priority- It is easy to let healthy habits slide over the holiday season. All the holiday festivities can throw off your diet, exercise, and sleep habits, leaving you feeling less than your best. With so many sweet temptations around every corner, you can find yourself going down a slippery slope of eating unhealthy and grabbing sugary snacks out of convenience on the go. It is also easy to let all the parties, baking, shopping, cleaning, and entertaining derail your exercise routine. Overindulgence only adds to your stress, so be intentional about your health. Moderation is the key!
  • Keep your expectations in check- Be realistic about your expectations. Having too high of expectations this holiday will set you up for disappointment. Things will not always go as smoothly as you have pictured in your mind. Not all family members will get along, not everything will get done, and it won’t be just like last year. Mentally prepare yourself for change, and let go of the things you can’t control.


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