The holidays can be a wonderful time of year. Friends and family fill most people’s lives with cheer throughout the holiday season. Unfortunately for most, the holidays also elicit extra stress. The stress of finding time to get everything done and entertain those loved family members and cherished friends can become overwhelming. Finding the time to cook that extravagant meal or shop for the most sought after gift of the season can become an overbearing task when paired with normal life stressors.
You do not have to feel overwhelmed during the holiday season. Check out the following to help reduce stress during the most festive time of the year.
- Remember why the holidays are important to you. If your focus during the holiday season is being with family, then no matter what, if you are with family that’s all that matters. If your focus is R&R, then it is vital that you take time for yourself.
- Count your blessings. Have you and your immediate family make a list of things and people that you appreciate in your life. Express gratitude to those people on your list.
- Know and respect your limits. When you are hungry, eat. When you are tired, rest. If you’re overwhelmed, ask for help.
- Scale back if you are experiencing more life stress this year. You are not required to do the same thing each year. If you are up to your eye balls with stress in regular life, scale back your holiday plans to something more appropriate.
- Set and maintain realistic expectations. You cannot control everything. Things are going to happen whether you like it or not. Whatever those things may be, you do not have to be perfect. Stop looking for perfection like what you would see in the movies. Enjoy the time you have with family and friends instead.
Of course, there are many other ways to combat stress during this time of year, but implementing just a few of the above could help ward off depression or worse during the most wonderful time of the year.