Ho Ho Hum: Strategies for Coping with Holiday Stress
The holiday season can be stressful for everyone. There often doesn’t seem to be a minute to stop and relax! Besides having all the extra chores to do, baking to finish, and family to visit with, there are also heightened expectations. Finances can also weigh heavily on your mind. But there are some strategies for coping during this busy season, making this a time to enjoy.
Look at Things a Bit Differently
Try to let go of some of the expectations you may have this holiday season. Trying to have a “perfect” holiday will only lead to frustration for you and those around you. Delegate tasks and chores to family members. Use some convenience foods for your holiday dinner. Cut back on some decorating. Shop on the Internet to avoid the crowds. In other words, don’t try to do it all. Only do those things that you enjoy and that bring pleasure to you and your family. And don’t be afraid to say no!
Be Kind to Yourself
Don’t neglect the things that make you happy during this busy time. Take time to exercise and keep up with your interests and hobbies. Take a walk, soak in a warm bath, or read a good book. Don’t overindulge in food, alcohol, or caffeine. Find a balance between your everyday schedule and your holiday activities. Most importantly, get enough sleep.
Divide and Conquer
Try to get as organized as possible. Careful planning can save many last-minute headaches. Consider buying the same gift for several people on your list. Shop by catalog or on the Internet and have the gift sent directly to the recipient. Send gift certificates instead of presents. Make a gift budget and stick to it. You will avoid those after-holiday headaches and worry!
Take time to share memories with your loved ones. Start a new family holiday tradition of taking time together to relax and enjoy the season. To avoid some of those post-holiday blues, plan some activities for when the festivities are over. Take a trip, start a household project, or plan on visiting old friends.
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