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Five Ways to Minimize Holiday Stress


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The holidays are fast approaching! These fun-filled days and weeks can be a stressful time between last-minute shopping, traveling, dinner preparations and making time to spend with friends and family. It’s easy to feel like you’re in over your head! When you have so much going on, it’s easy for stress to slowly (or quickly) creep in and make things a little more difficult to handle. But, never fear! Follow the below tips to help minimize your holiday stress this season.

1.) Plan ahead. Make a list of the necessities ahead of time and tackle it little by little. This will help you organize your thoughts and prioritize the things you need to get done. Don’t be afraid to keep things simple! Dinner preparations, parties and gifts don’t have to involve complex planning. By simplifying where you can, you’ll reduce some of the added stress this season.

2.) Stay within your budget. It’s easy to go a little crazy during the holidays, but spending beyond your budget can be one of the biggest sources of stress. To help control your spending, create a list of needed items ahead of time. Then, budget for when you’ll be able to purchase each item. Decide on a set amount for groceries, gifts, traveling, etc.— and stick to it! That way, you won’t stress later when you get your credit card bill.

3.) Be realistic. Sometimes it can be hard to say no to plans, and it can be easy to set unrealistic expectations for yourself. To help avoid overcommitting, be aware of your available time and how you’re using it. Accept only the invitations you can comfortably accommodate. And don’t hesitate to reschedule plans if you find you’re stretching yourself too thin.

4.) Remember your healthy habits. Being too stressed can affect your physical, emotional and mental health. While some stress is needed to keep you alert and motivated, too much can make you sick. To help yourself stay calm and healthy all season, make time to take a walk, eat well-balanced meals and simply remember to breathe, or even meditate.

5.) Schedule time for yourself. Even though the holidays mean spending lots of quality time with family and friends, remember to make time for yourself. Schedule at least an hour a day. You can spend this time going for a walk, working on a special project and doing something you enjoy—whatever it is that helps you relax!

Enjoy the holidays!

Don’t let stress get in the way of your holiday cheer! Enjoy the season by trying one (or all!) of the above tips to stay relaxed during the holidays.

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This article is for informational purposes only, and is not meant as medical advice.