The holiday season is in full swing, and along with it come festive decorations, glad tidings, delicious food, and time spent with family and friends. Unfortunately for many, the holidays aren’t always merry and bright. One unforeseen effect of this time of year is the added stress that it can cause as we feel pressure to make sure the house is spotless, the food is perfect, and all the presents are purchased and wrapped. Add in family or relationship struggles and the holiday season can quickly lose its sparkle.
Today we’re sharing some simple tips to help you manage added holiday stress so you can enjoy all the season has to offer.
It may be tempting to say “yes” to every holiday invitation, but if running around stresses you out, give yourself permission to say “no”. If you’re the one hosting a holiday soiree, ask friends and family to pitch in with appetizers, side dishes, or desserts to share. Be realistic with how much you can commit to and handle this season. Focus on being present with those who matter most instead of making sure everything is perfect.
The holiday season can be pretty expensive. Between the food and gifts, it’s easy to overspend. Set a realistic budget and stick to it. Sure, gift-giving is important, but so is saving and paying your bills on time.
Find Time for R&R
As the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Set aside time to rest and relax. Whether it’s listening to your favorite tunes by a crackling fire, curling up with a good book, or going for a walk, remember to refuel so that you can get through the hustle and bustle of the season with ease. If you are feeling run down, give your mind and body the rest it needs.
Prioritize Healthy Habits
The holidays can quickly ruin healthy habits. Make yours a priority by blocking off time on your calendar or pairing up with an accountability partner. Go to bed at a reasonable time, commit to exercising at least 3 times a week, and make the majority of your meals healthy and nutritious.
Share Your Feelings
This time of year can bring up a lot of emotions. If you’re struggling emotionally, find a trusted friend or therapist you can open up to. Having someone to talk to can making getting through difficult times a little easier to bear.
Set Healthy Boundaries
Challenging relationships can take center stage during the holidays. If you simply can’t help but butt heads with someone, it’s ok to create a healthy boundary and keep your distance to reduce the stress.
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