5 Ways To Manage Holiday Stress
Written by: Brandi Monasco
The year is ending and that means holidays are coming up soon. A lot of people anticipate the start of the New Year as well as Christmas celebrations. This holiday season offers a great time for people to spend quality time with family members and friends.
The season can be joyous and fun, but at the same time, it can be stressful. Things such as holiday preparations, shopping, visiting social events, entertaining visitors, among other things can become too much to handle. Although it is a joyous time, it can also cause increased stress and anxiety that may result in depression.
This doesn’t have to be the case; there are ways to manage the holiday season in order to minimize stress. A well managed and planned holiday will ensure that you totally enjoy the festive season this year.
Keep It Simple
The main cause of stress during the holiday season is having overwhelming plans. If you are hosting an event or if you are welcoming guests to your home, you will have too much to think of. The best thing to do in order to keep everything simple is to set realistic expectations. It is not a “must” that you do everything by yourself and still, everything doesn’t have to be perfect.
Involve other family members or friends to help you out. It is all about realizing your limitations and learning to say no. This will save you a ton of stress.
Set A Spending Budget
The holiday season involves many different kinds of spending such as buying gifts, going out to eat or shopping. A lot of money is spent at that time and it is important to ensure that you have a set budget to avoid overspending. The financial pressure during the holidays may be one of the leading factors of stress.
Take your time and plan the spending, look for realistic gifts, because buying gifts does not have to make paying your bills impossible. Never allow others to control your spending and decide the amount you wish to spend and stick to that. This will save you stress during the holidays.
Don’t Forget About Your Personal Well-Being
You have a lot of things to care about during the holiday season and this makes you forget about exercising. We tend to forget that keeping our body fit will elevate our mood and this helps managing stress become easy. Exercising enhances the production of endorphins, chemicals that makes you feel good. This chemical reduces the feeling of stress and anxiety, enabling you to have a smooth holiday season.
Keep reminders of the tasks you tend to do in a day. This will help you to remain organized and have the task done in a planned manner. Use your phone or your calendar to set reminders such as picking up gifts, going shopping, etc. Being organized minimizes stress during holidays.
Most of the time during the festive season, we forget about how lucky we are to have an opportunity to celebrate. We are caught up with what we have to do. We should take a step back and be grateful for these opportunities.
Utilizing these strategies will help you in managing stress and allows you to enjoy your time and gives you a chance to have perfection and a more relaxed holiday season.
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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