The holiday season is here. Although these holidays present relaxation, joy, family, and love, it also represents work and quite a lot of it.
There's so much to do in preparation for the season, which often results in stress or anxiety. What should be a period to relax, feel thankful for the year, and bask in the love of family sometimes turns out to be the most nerve-wracking period of the year.
Shopping, hosting holiday parties and all the big and small frictions that come with hosting a family Christmas can cause a lot of stress.
It's safe to say that stress and the holiday season would always be a 2-in-1 package. The question now is, what can you do go about reducing your stress to the barest minimum?
Keep reading to see tips on how to stay sane and keep your stress levels low this holiday season.
Plan Your Days
The holiday spirit has a way of sweeping you along until you find yourself coasting daily. This usually ends in you stressed out and wondering where all the time went and why you haven't accomplished much.
Planning your days goes a long way to reducing your stress levels. With a well-detailed plan that leaves room for emergency changes, you'll be better equipped to tackle the day. Before you get out of bed in the morning, or while brewing your morning coffee, make that list and minimize your stress.
Find Some Alone Time
This could be difficult during the holiday season, especially if you have family staying over. However, to minimize and deal with stress, always take some time to breathe.
It could be a part of your property that you can hang out at without any distractions. It could also mean taking a walk somewhere or just putting everything in someone else's hands and taking a nap in your room.
No matter what form your alone time takes, you should have one, else the stress would overwhelm you.
Share the Duties
There's so much to do this holiday season that it's almost too much for one person alone. You get stressed out when you try to complete every single thing alone. Now, maybe no other person is going to make sure the wrapping papers all match perfectly or that the caterers for that holiday party make the perfect eggnog, but you need to share the duties.
You can probably wing everything yourself, but you don't have to. Half of your stress gets cut down when you stop worrying so much and share the duties. That way, someone else gets to worry about the eggnog and wrapping paper, and you get to worry about fewer things.
Tis the season to be jolly. Try out the three tips above and give yourself a good chance to enjoy this season. Make realistic plans for your days, give yourself some "me" time, and don't carry the world on your shoulders alone. Another quick tip, whatever you can't do, leave it, there are other jolly seasons ahead of you.
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