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With the holiday season in full swing, it is a time to celebrate, create meaningful moments and get together with your loved ones. Consequently, the holiday season could also be one of the most stressful times of the year.
It is probably the busiest time of the year when chaos can run rampant and overwhelm us. With the holiday season comes the additional responsibilities of gift buying, wrapping, parties, travel and so much more. The frenzy and the chaos of the season can leave us burdened both emotionally and financially.
Taking care of all the commitments at this time of the year can be taxing and stressful. Below are ten ways to reduce holiday stress.
Take Care Of Yourself
Endless shopping and planning while taking care of day-to-day responsibilities can take a toll on your wellbeing. It is important to take care of yourself and relax. Take time off and do the things that you love. Exercise, listen to music, read a book or indulge in your favorite hobby.
Everything does not have to be perfect
Many of us crave for perfection. While it can be irresistible to throw the coolest party or have the most well coordinated outfits, it is simply not worth the stress. Enjoy the spontaneity of the season and go with the flow.
Have realistic expectations
Most of our disappointments come from having expectations. Having high standards can be tiring. By keeping your expectations realistic, you will be sure to keep your sanity during the season.
Do not make a dramatic lifestyle change
We get so caught up in the frenzy that we make a lifestyle overhaul. We decide to put a hold on our regular lifestyle. This might result in increased stress as we are creatures of habit. Do not stop taking that morning walk or watching your favorite show on TV just because you are planning for the holidays. You will be surprised how much more optimistic you will be if you stick to your normal routine.
Organize to avoid last minute surprises
Keep track of your things and plan ahead. By doing a little bit every day rather than leaving all your shopping and planning for the last minute, you spare yourself substantial anxiety. Being organized is a great way of avoiding the last minute jitters.
Talk to your close friends and family
Do not hesitate to talk to your confidantes about your feelings. If you are overwhelmed and feel that things are spiraling out of control, talk to your close friends or family. You will be amazed at how much better you will feel.
Do not take up more than you can handle
Learn to say 'no'. At times, we offer to take care of everything. It is nice to be able to simplify everyone's lives, but it can take a toll on you. Make commitments that you can carry out enjoyably.
Enjoy your friends and relatives
The holiday season is mostly about cherishing the closest people in your life and about making worthwhile memories. Learn to let go of the past. By lowering your expectations of family and friends, holidays are bound to be more meaningful and enjoyable.