The holidays can be the most stressful time of the year, but there are things you can do to alleviate your stress. Here are 11 tips for helping you to create a stress-free holiday:
- Pick one thing and then let it go. Do you have something on your holiday planning list you never enjoy doing? This year, just say no.
- Sometimes good enough is just good. You can’t do everything, so pick your battles. You're not settling for less, you're just setting limits.
- Don’t list, just go. Whether you have last minute gift or grocery shopping to do, leave the list at home. Often that’s when new ideas take hold, or you discover an item on a shelf you might normally miss.
- Traditions, schma-ditions. The “But it’s tradition!” statement does not mean you must do it this year. Resurrect it next year, or when you have more time to return to that tradition.
- Send a Happy New Year card instead. Your annual family greeting card can go out as a New Year’s card and your friends and family will enjoy it just as much.
- Gift certificates really are what they want. Do you spend time every year trying to come up with unique gift ideas for those on your list? This year give them what they want and spend that time on something you want.
- Keep your routine routine. It’s easy to deviate from your normal routine during stressful times, but stay true to those routines--they can keep you feeling balanced.
- Take breaks and get outside. A lot of holiday activities takes place indoors. Nothing will do more for your spirits than a walk outdoors. Take lots of time-outs; find a new trail to explore, or just take regular walks downtown to see the holiday lights and decorations.
- Ask for help and learn to say no. You want to make everything special at the holidays, but you don’t have to do it alone – engage your kids, or ask your relatives and friends to take on some tasks. Let your people help. And remember that you can say no.
- Buy yourself something. Whatever your budget for holiday gift-giving, leave a little something in the bank for yourself – if you are not comfortable with buying yourself something, find a local non-profit and gift a little something to their cause instead—either choice will leave you feeling good--and you deserve it.
- When it’s here, remember to have fun. The holiday season can make us all feel like there is more to do than there is time. But once the big day arrives, enjoy it no matter what is left undone. You will have 364 days still ahead to spend planning for next year.
Thank you to WomansDay.com for the inspirations. Check out the article for even more healthy tips for avoiding or managing stress during the holidays.