Believe it or not, the holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year. Between shopping for presents, decorating the house and prepping for family visits, what’s supposed to be a time of celebration and fun can quickly turn into one of stress and frustration.
Stress can be managed through a few simple exercises. Read on for tips to reduce your holiday stress:
Come up with a plan. Finances can be one of the biggest sources of stress around the holidays. To avoid over-spending, devise a budget and a plan for gift giving – and stick to it! Most people agree that the holidays aren’t about big, fancy gifts, so try keeping it simple and inexpensive, and leave the stress behind.
You don’t have to be Martha Stewart. I hear so many people compare their holiday celebrations and decorations to Martha Stewart, only to come up on the losing side of the comparison. Instead of aiming for perfection, aim for meaning – whatever that might be for you – and watch your stress level plummet.
Practice saying “no.” Many of us feel as though we need to say “yes” to every holiday invitation, event and cookie exchange. It’s okay to say “no.” In fact, being picky about how you spend your time over the holiday season will likely help you relax and enjoy the season most fully.
Mix it up. If just the thought of your holiday traditions makes you cringe, consider mixing it up this year: order take-out, go to a movie, take a mini-vacation – most of all reduce the stress and enjoy!
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