Saturday, December 16, 2017

4 Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress

The Holidays, one of the most joyful and wonderful times of the year, is also one of the most stressful times of the year. At times, it can be hard to focus on the moments and enjoying the season, instead of being stressed about finances, making sure the turkey doesn’t get dry, in laws coming into town, and making sure you don’t spoil the Santa surprise for your children. That’s a lot to stress about in just a short few months.

Healthy Coping

It’s inevitable that you’ll feel stressed during this season. Rest knowing that you and your family are creating incredible memories that will be cherished for years to come. In addition, remember that the holiday season is almost over. 

You don’t have to deal with it for very much longer, so you just have to cope with the stress for a few more weeks and then you can focus on the new year.

Amid all of this stress, make sure that you don’t let how overwhelmed you feel make you turn to unhealthy habits to cope with the stress. 

The holiday season is when the majority of relapses happen. Whether you’ve ever had issues with substance abuse or not, don’t let yourself rely on alcohol and other substances to relieve stress.

Take a Step Back and Breathe

As Thanksgiving has ended and we’re nearing Christmas, the stress is paramount. It may feel like too much, sometimes. When you start to feel overwhelmed, make a conscious effort to take a step back and to take a break. 

Everything that is stressing you out will still be there when you get back, and the house isn’t going to burn down if you need to take twenty minutes to yourself before you throw yourself back into the thick of it. 

Go into your room and lock the door, and just close your eyes. Even if you have to lock yourself in your closet, or bathroom, or office, whatever room of the house you can get a few minutes of peace to focus, take advantage of that room and give yourself a few minutes. 

You deserve it. Close your eyes, and focus on your breathing. This link has a great guide for breathing exercises. Taking just a few minutes to focus on breathing will help clear your mind and better prepare you to handle all of the issues that are waiting for you when you’re ready to tackle them. 

Don’t Eat too Many Holiday Goodies

It’s much too easy to let your nutrition go during the holiday season. Pies, cakes, puddings, halloween candy, and stocking stuffer candy is just the beginning of the tempting holiday goodies. 

There’s a reason why most people need to dedicate the first few months of the year to lose weight! The holidays are really filled with candy and goodies, and while it’s fine to indulge and let yourself enjoy everything that this holiday season has to offer, you also need to make sure you know when to stop. 

Don’t let yourself get carried away. Make sure you’re conscious of every single thing you put in your mouth. If you start eating mindlessly, soon enough you’ll find yourself with an empty pie tin and an entire bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter trees gone. 

Having a proper diet will help you deal with stressful situations better. In fact, having a proper diet affects a lot more areas of your life than you would probably realize. Eating right will help you have more purposeful sleep, improve your skin and hair, as well as improve your mood. If you’re happy, your holidays will be happier.

Focus on Experiences, Rather than Things

A lot of what makes the holidays special is all of the gift giving. Giving gifts to your loved ones is a fun experience, but it’s all too easy to get wrapped up in the pursuit of the perfect gift for the people in your life. 

It’s just too easy to forget about why we celebrate the holidays, and focus instead on just gifts and things. Try to shift your mindset from things, to experiences. Experience reading Christmas stories with your family while you all sip on hot cider. 

Experience driving around to see the most extravagant holiday lights you can find. Take time during the holidays to create new traditions that are focused on experiences, rather than gifts and things.

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