How to Stay Stress-Free This Coming Holiday Season

How to Stay Stress-Free This Coming Holiday Season

There are many good things to look forward to during the holiday season. There is general happiness in the air. You get to see family members you haven’t seen for a year. You get to give and receive many gifts. There are the festivities, too.

However, the holidays can also be stressful. You have to think about what gifts to give and foods to cook. There are so many parties to attend, even if they’re just virtual. You have to cram a lot of activities in a matter of just a few weeks. All of this can take a toll on you.

According to the Edward-Elmhurst Hospitals System, common causes of elevated holiday stress include family gatherings, high expectations, lack of money, lack of time, commercialism, and too many activities. They also revealed that although people were generally happy, they were also stressed, leading to sadness and irritability.

Stress is harmful to your health. It is known to cause fatigue, insomnia, headaches, muscle tension, loss of appetite, and stomach problems. If you’re exposed to stress regularly, you are more likely to experience these symptoms.

This coming holiday season, learn how to avoid stress. If you do, you’ll enjoy the festivities more. You’ll prevent the harmful effects of stress on your mind and body. Here are some tips on how you can stay relaxed for a stress-free holiday season.

Start with a Covid Safety Plan

If you’re going to have an in-person reunion for the holidays, coordinate with family members about their preferred safety protocols. Some may want everybody to wear masks. Others may prefer to stay outdoors or in a well-ventilated part of a house. Whatever their approach is, make sure that everybody
is aware and well-informed. Avoid awkward situations and tension that can dampen everybody’s mood, and eventually cause stress.

Simply Say No

If you don’t feel like going to your family’s gathering, or a friend’s party, simply say no. If you force yourself, you’ll just waste your time — and money, if you said yes to the latest sale at the gadget store. You’ll only feel stressed afterward.

Spend Your Mornings for Yourself

Start the day right, every day. Go for a walk, get some fresh air, eat a healthy breakfast, and do a few minutes of exercise. Having a morning routine will prepare you for the day. More importantly, though, it’ll be good for your mental and physical health, too.

If it’s too cold to go outside in the morning, simple breathing exercises indoors can also do wonders for your health. According to Mayo Clinic, the holiday season is not an excuse to forget your healthy habits. Stick to them, or find out ways how to do them even if the weather isn’t right.

Avoid Stressful Situations

It’s difficult to avoid stressful situations because you aren’t always aware of when they’re going to happen. However, you can embrace people’s differences, control your actions, and set boundaries.

But still, have a plan for how to face situations that can become unbearable to you. An exit plan can help you avoid stressful situations, but it should only be your last resort.

Plan Your Budget

Overspending and lack of money are common personal finance problems during the holidays. If you don’t want to face any of these problems, learn how to budget your money before you spend it.

Be diligent in sticking to your budget plan, if you have the money. You don’t have to go all out. Be satisfied with going simple, if you don’t have the money. You don’t have to please everyone.

Take Some “Me” Time

Make time for yourself. When everything gets busy, you’ll be unable to set time to relax. Create a schedule that will give you time to pamper yourself, or to get enough rest, so you can recharge for another week of activities.

You can take at least one day off, once a week, from all the bustle. For one full day, do anything that will make you feel relaxed and rested. Go to your favorite professional massage therapist to get a warming full-body massage. Go to your local salon or parlor to get your hair done. Do whatever replenishes your body and soul.

You are in Control

Yes, the holidays can be stressful. Everybody knows that. Unfortunately, only a few people ever talk about how to combat the stress that it brings. If you can’t tolerate what’s happening, talk to someone or reach out to get professional help.

Don’t let the holidays take away your happiness. Don’t let people, activities, stuff, and situations control you. Take steps to prevent stress and recognize it when it’s happening to your body. Arm yourself with the tips above, so you can gain control of your holiday season.

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