It's the most wonderful time of the year—and it's also a stressful time of the year.
During the holiday season, everyone is running around trying to get things done. It can be easy to feel like you're drowning in your own responsibilities. But don't panic! We've got some tips for enjoying your holidays without stressing out.
1. Acknowledge your feelings.
Admit that experiencing sadness and grief is natural. It's normal to take some time to cry or vent.
Don’t force happiness simply because it's the holiday season. For instance, when you feel like you need new pillows so that you can sleep better,don’t ignore the urge, try it out.
2. Keep in touch.
Seek out neighbors, churches, or other social gatherings or communities if you feel lonely or isolated.
Discussing your worries with a friend or family member might also be helpful. Try contacting them via text, phone, or video chat.
3. Be practical.
Holidays don't need to be flawless or exactly like last year. Traditions and rituals often evolve along with families as we grow and change.
Be open to making new traditions while holding onto a select few. Find new ways to celebrate with your family, such as sending each other emails, images, or videos, if your adult children or other relatives cannot visit you. Or you can have a video call to meet virtually.
Even if your Christmas plans are different this year, you might still find them enjoyable.
4. Put differences aside.
Even if they don't meet all of your expectations, try to embrace family members and friends for who they are. Wait until a more suitable time to discuss complaints.
Also, be understanding if other people become offended or concerned if something goes wrong. They might be feeling the effects of panic and stress around Christmas as well.
4. Maintain a budget.
Figure out how much you can spend before you go gift and food shopping.
Set aside specific days to go shopping, bake, see friends, and engage in other activities. Think about whether you can buy any of your things online.
Create your shopping list after deciding on your menus. That will lessen the need to run out and buy ingredients at the last minute. Also, ask for assistance with meal preparation and cleaning.
6. Practice saying no.
Saying yes when you ought to say no can make you feel angry and overburdened. Your colleagues and friends will be sympathetic if you are unable to take part in every project or activity–if they don't, remember that sincere people will remain understanding during these situations.
Keep your good practices up. Avoid the holidays from turning into a free-for-all. Binge eating merely leaves you feeling more stressed and guilty.
Consider these ideas:
- Eat nutritious food.
- Get a lot of sleep.
- Include exercise as part of your daily regimen.
- Try deep breathing techniques, yoga, or meditation.
- Avoid using alcohol, drugs, and smoking excessively.
- Be mindful of the ways in which the information culture can lead to excessive stress, and adjust your use of social media and news as needed.
Now that you know about these tips, you should be able to enjoy your holidays without stress. The most important thing is to give yourself a break and enjoy the moment. Happy holidays!
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