You are a thriver and have made it through a year like no other! Please give thanks and let us celebrate that. The holidays are an interesting time. It can be a time of joy, excitement, and anticipation. It can also be stressful. Holiday get-togethers can be loud, crowded and sometimes bring up unexpected emotions.
Add to that the fact that you still resent what Uncle Jason did last year, and the possibility that your cousin might have Covid-19, and the holidays just got even more stressful.
Today I am going to give you with some proven tips to help get you through. And leave you with a free download holiday stress saver check list. Having this check list will ease you and keep you calm when you need it the most.
Holidays can also challenge us to spend more than planned! The cost of gifts, travel, and extra food can really add up in a hurry.
Keep these tips in mind to help reduce holiday stress:
1. Take breaks as needed. Sometimes, a little family can go a long way. Family get togethers can be wonderful, but they can also wear you out in a hurry.
● There is no shame in taking a break and going for a walk or finding a quiet place in the house or backyard to recharge yourself. It's important to add in a bit more selfcare.
2. Get some sun. The days are shorter in the northern hemisphere during the winter months. Many people are sensitive to not getting enough sunlight. Everyday sit by a window with good sun exposure and get all the sunlight you can for at least an hour. You’ll feel less stressed. Use the time to read a book or make phone calls. 3. Eat well. But oh my, I see cookies, pies, and candy, And other foods so prevalent this time of year. It’s even more important to focus on your health than usual. Eating a lot of junk food leads to a stressed body. Be kind to yourself and keep your food intake as healthy as possible. 4. Make the choice to be as happy as possible. Decide to enjoy the holidays as much as you can. Choose to be optimistic. Having a positive attitude brightens your perception.
● Expect good things to happen and you’ll be more likely to enjoy yourself. 5. Expect some chaos, too. The holidays can bring chaos. Inclement weather, more traffic, travel, crowds, and more people than you like or used to dealing with in your home.
● Expect that nothing will go as planned and decide to enjoy the holidays anyway. Chances are, things will turn out better than you thought they would. 6. Avoid scheduling too much. Trying to do too much can create stress regardless of the time of year. ● Plan to see the people that are most important to you and skip the rest.
7. Be grateful. It’s easier to relax and enjoy yourself when you feel grateful. You worry less about the mishaps and inconveniences when gratitude is in your heart. Remember, you have a lot to be grateful for!
8. Stay within your budget. The holidays can be stressful enough without creating more stress by overspending. Avoid the trap of believing that you have to spend a lot of money to make someone happy. Gifts are soon forgotten, but the bills can last a long, long time. 9. Plan a day of rest. Plan days off during the holidays. Use this time however you please. You can do whatever you want with your day off. Consider giving yourself a day off before and after family get-togethers. You might need it!
10. Enjoy the holidays but do what you can to minimize the amount of stress involved. With careful planning and a little optimism, you can have a great holiday season that you’ll remember fondly for years to come.
· This year plan your family and friends holiday get together on Zoom so everyone stays safe and healthy!
Leave a comment and share your plan to stay, happy, joyful and festive this holiday season? Remember to download your free holiday stress saver check list with bonus "Stress-Free Holiday Traveling and Meditation for Holiday Travel.
Leave a comment, let me know what tips worked best for you and share any you use that aren’t listed that may help someone else.