It is that time of year again. Time to spread holiday cheer. Time to listen to Christmas carols in every store. Time to bake cookies. Time to buy presents and find the time to wrap them. Time to decorate your house. Time to go to school Holiday concerts. Time for office parties.
I’m out of breath all ready.
For many of us, this season a time for stress.
All of these things I’ve listed, and more, descend on us in December like Santa’s big butt coming down the chimney. It can make us feel like the coal in the bottom of the stocking.
I know it is easy to say that it doesn’t need to be that way. It is easy to suggest that we can shake off the stress and enjoy the holiday season. But how do you actually do that?
Here are a few simple tips for managing your holiday stress so you can be happier.
- Eat well. The candy, cookies, turkey, food, food, food and more food can get overwhelming at this time of year. While you shouldn’t deny yourself the joy of holiday treats, you should also not subsist on them alone. When you’re not at a party, focus on healthy eating habits.
- Help others. Did you know that volunteering can help relieve stress? Donate your time or your money to a local organization that helps families celebrate the holidays. It will make your heart happy.
- Say no. Don’t be afraid to bow out of holiday activities. Say no to some of the holiday invitations. It will help you manage your stress if you’re not feeling obligated to handle every request that comes your way.
- Talk money. Don’t be afraid to set limits with your family for holiday presents. Financial stress at this time of year can be hard to deal with so take away that pressure by setting a price cap for gifts.
- Time out. You can manage your holiday stress by stepping away from the craziness from time to time. Go for a walk, get a massage, don’t skip yoga.
Use some of these ideas for making your holiday less stressful and more cheerful this year.
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