Let’s face it holidays are truly magical. However, the holidays can also bring too much stress. Stress levels during the holidays could go off the roof and the only thing you can do is to reduce it. Don’t let stress ruin the holidays and the time you spend with your family and friends. Here are some ways that you can follow to bust stress in the bud.
Make it simple
The best way to beat the stress during the holidays is to simplify things. If you have a splitting headache figuring out the gifts that you have to give out, then you are stressed out. Chill and relax, the holidays are meant to be enjoyed. Aim to be simple not perfect. Try to make the occasion simple but fun-filled especially if you have kids around to spend the holidays with. Never think about buying expensive gifts and preparing highly exorbitant recipes. So what if the recipes don’t turn out the way you hoped it to be? After all the important thing is the time that you spend with the people you love.
Organizing your holidays is the best way to keep tabs at everything. Getting the tabs on will make your life a bit more easy. You will never know that in organizing things you make the holidays more enjoyable. This will also prevent you from being too stressed out for thinking what should be prepared and what needs to be done next. Plan everything accordingly in order to prevent yourself from getting those holiday stress. Make some lists so you can realistically plan the things you have to do to make the holidays magical. With planning you will not find yourself in the middle of aisle J in a big mall.
It is best to avoid the stress of rushing to buy gifts especially during year-end. If possible, shop as early as October and take advantage of the sale that may come around. Shopping early allows you to browse without time pressure. It will give you more time to look for bargains and save money in the process. Last minute shopping or buying things during the peak season will only expose you to too much stress and anxiety as you wade through the heavy traffic and hundreds of people rushing in to the stores.
Exercise and keep yourself fit
It is easy to neglect your own health when you are busy preparing for the holidays. This could be a telling move; since you need to have you’re A-game . Sneak in 10 minutes of physical activity each time you can so you can catch up with exercise. Make sure that you are eating a balanced meal and load up on the vitamins and minerals. Lack of certain minerals and vitamins, such as magnesium and B-complex vitamins could push your stress levels off the roof. No matter how busy you can be for the holiday preparation always remember that you need to stay fit and healthy especially that you need to have more time for your family and friends during the holiday season.
Learn to count your blessings by giving more to those who have none. Giving should not be confined to those you know. Release tension and anxiety by doing some charity work during the most wonderful time of the year. You will find this very relaxing and rewarding both for the body and soul.
Laugh and laugh some more
Holidays are meant to be merry and gay. Focus on the positive things during these times because by the time it is over you will be subjected to stress facing the challenges at work and in life. The holidays are your respite from the daily stress you are getting. Think of it as your pit stop in the rat race you call life.
It is okay not to have everything fall into place during the holidays. This is not the Olympics where you need to compete for the gold medal in holiday planning. The most important thing is that you spend the holidays as meaningful as possible. Remember not to aim for perfection or you’ll lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday season. Aim for the best and just enjoy!
About the Author
Ryan Rivera used to suffer from panic attacks for seven years. He now dedicates his life helping those who suffer from stress, anxiety, panic attacks and depression through his writings. You can read more of his articles at Calm Clinic.