How to Beat Holiday Stress

The holidays are here, and this can be an uplifting and joyous time for many.  At the same time, stress is often a common culprit during the holiday season.  How do you create time and space to enjoy the holidays, without letting stress and anxiety get the best of you?  Read on for some of my holiday stress-reduction tips below:

1)  Plan time to see your loved ones – Scheduling time to stay connected with your loved ones, near and far, can be a surefire way to enjoy the holidays.  Having support around you as the season commences can be empowering and reassuring.  Attending holiday parties and gift-giving exchanges, no matter how large or small, can be an effective reinforcement of your appreciation for those that you love and care for.  You can also meet and make some new connections, too!

2)  Appreciate – Say thank you and express gratitude to those around you: to your coworker who makes you laugh, to that familiar face at the checkout counter, to the delivery person.  You may not know everyone on a deep level, but acknowledging others and their acts of kindness can go a long way towards reinforcing your own sense of well-being, as well as your concern for others.

3)  Make a list, and check it twice – Externalize all that you need to do by taking control of it as best as you can.  The act of writing down projects and associated tasks is a healthy step in the right direction!

4)  Take part in the season – Have fun with all that the season has to offer!  There are wonderful holiday displays, places to window-shop, and plenty of sights to see during the holiday season.  Watching holiday movies in the theater or at home are also fun ways to laugh, be merry, and de-stress.  Grab a friend and hop to it!

5)  Treat yourself – It’s the season for giving, so don’t forget to be kind to yourself.  Getting enough sleep, exercising, and making time for yourself are all important regimens in managing stress and anxiety during the holiday season.  Remaining mindful of healthy eating, doing some pleasurable reading, and taking up creative activities are also great reinforcers for self-care.

 Have a holiday tip you’d like to share?  Comment below!  Have a safe and happy holiday season, everyone!


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