Managing Holiday Stress
Holidays are the time of year to seduce the senses and bolster the bonds between family and friends. But even the hardiest of revelers can succumb to holiday stress. Fret not, you weary holiday warriors. Below are tips for managing holiday stress. These holiday stress tips include ways to stay organized, ways to volunteer your time, decorate, shop, cook, and even write cards - all the while making your health and happiness top priorities. Time Management Tips to Minimize Stress: Stress and depression often go hand in hand.
It is estimated that 10 percent of the population experiences depression triggered by stress. You can minimize these unwanted effects by controlling time spent on holiday chores. -Set limits. Don't try to do everything in one day or one weekend. Map out your holiday schedule, decide how much you can do at any given time and stick with it.
Don't forget to ask for help if needed. -Take time for yourself. It's easy to get burdened with a to-do list but while writing down your To-Dos, remember to pencil in time for relaxation and daily rest. Complete a crossword or Sudoku puzzle. Take a walk, a nap or a long, hot bubble bath. These little mental and physical breaks are quick pick-me-ups that will rejuvenate you. -Help others. If you have the time, volunteer. If you have the money, cut a check. Helping those less fortunate than you can lift your spirits and remind you what the holidays are about.
Suggested organizations include the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run, the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation, Meals on Wheels, or even helping the Red Cross with the hurricane victims. Your available time and/or money will dictate whether your benevolent efforts are small or grandiose. -Remember what's important. Holidays are about family, friends and your religious beliefs, not about who got what gift. Take part in events that make you feel good and say no the others. -Skip the holiday spirits. Alcohol, a depressant, can dampen your mood. It can affect sleep, increase stress, and exacerbated existing medical conditions. -Laugh out loud. Remember to enjoy yourself.
In fact, make it the number one priority. Laughter is excellent therapy for holiday stress. Even giggles can relax muscles, boost circulation and help dissolve stress. -Make compromises. If time is getting the best of you, skip the card writing. Instead, multitask your holiday well-wishes. Grab your hands-free headphone and call your friends to wish them happy holidays. Talking to friends and family will boost your spirits. If you still want to send cards, get printed ones to save time. -Don't create a financial burden.
Don't cause added worry and stress by overspending. Simplify gift giving. Ask family members to do a grab-bag gift exchange. Or forego the gift exchange altogether. Enjoy less expensive entertainment by driving to decorated houses or going to free concerts. Tone Down the Decor: Twinkling lights and poinsettias sprinkled throughout the house and home do wonders for the holiday spirits. However, doing the "Christmas Threw Up On My House" type of over-decorating will push you over the edge. Here are a few tips to help the Griswald in you from going overboard. -Go artificial.
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