The holiday season means family, friends and fun, but stress can be an unwelcome guest. It is no surprise. The holiday rush seems to start earlier every year and you face a long list of demands – shopping, tight budgets, parties, and cleaning to name just a few. Holiday stress happens to almost everyone.
These reminders can help minimize stress as you enjoy the holidays.
- Be a realist. Many people think the holidays are ruined if things aren’t perfect. Nothing is perfect when people are involved. Relax when things don’t go the way that you think they should.
- Stick to your budget. You cannot guarantee a happy holiday by going on a spending spree. Decide how much money you can afford to spend. Stick to a budget so post-holiday bills don’t surprise you.
- Make a plan. Start your planning early so you won’t feel overly stressed and pressured come holiday time. Use a calendar to schedule days for shopping, visiting friends, and other activities. Make time to get the work done so there is time for fun.
- Simplify. It is okay to say no. You cannot do everything for everyone. You cannot join every holiday activity that comes your way. Make time for yourself so that you are rested for the times you are with friends and family.
- Exercise. Exercise and good nutrition help reduce stress. Studies show that exercise helps your brain release endorphins, which make people feel excited and satisfied.
- Help others. A good deed can improve your mood and reduce stress. Research has found that volunteering makes people happier because it helps them appreciate the good things in their own lives. Whether it is donating items, joining a charity walk, or volunteering at a community food bank, helping others helps you feel good about yourself.
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