With Thanksgiving less than a week away, we are about to enter the rush of holiday season. With the rush of holiday season, there is stress that generally comes along for the ride if you allow it. It is important to be able to enjoy the holidays and not allow the stress to overtake you physically and mentally,
There are two different types of stress that everyone deals with. There’s the good stress that is the healthy kind that keeps us motivated and on-track. On the other hand, there is the bad stress that is unhealthy, which had the potential to do harm physically and mentally. It is important to keep both types of stress under control.
Here are some tips to help reduce the level of stress during the holiday season:
- Remember to pick which battles to fight and which ones to let go. There are times to be stressed about certain situations and times when you should “take a chill pill.” If the situation is something that should not be taken so seriously, then back off and let things slide. As the saying goes, “Don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill.”
- Relax…relax….relax. Take time during the day to meditate and relax. When you allow stress to build up, it is easy to let things get out of control. Find your center and take about 10 minutes for yourself. Remember to breathe!
- Time it one day, minute, or moment at a time. Do not do everything all at once. Remember to delegate what you need to get done. Write out a list of what needs to get done if you need to so you do not feel so overwhelmed. As you get things done on the list, check it off and move on.
- Ask for help if you need it. Do not be a superhero and do everything yourself. Ask a friend or family member for help so you do not feel so overwhelmed. Look for services that can help out the cooking, cleaning, or anything else that you need help with.
- Shortcuts are good. If you need to get something completed, find a way to make it easier for you to get it done. It is okay to take shortcuts to get things done. Semi-homemade is just as good as something that’s homemade. If you need to get something store bought, that’s okay too. It is better than being stressed and rushing to get it done.
- Listen to your body. When you are feeling the effects of stress good or bad, take a step back and allow yourself to take a break.
- Treat yourself during the holidays. Get yourself a massage. Pamper yourself with a facial or manicure. Do something nice for yourself.
I hope that these tips help make your holiday season more enjoyable and with less stress. Holiday season is supposed to be a time with family and friends and a time to enjoy their company. It should not be a time that causes additional stress.