With all the end-of-the-year deadlines, crowded malls, never-ending shopping lists, traveling headaches, and family dramas, it is sometimes difficult to remember that the holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year.
Here are five tips to help you manage your holiday stress and ensure a happy holiday season.
Make detailed grocery lists and shopping lists, update your calendar with holiday parties and other engagements, and set aside enough time to get all your errands out of the way. This way you can avoid the stress that comes with last minute procrastination.
We all know the struggle of finding a parking spot at shopping centers and the added aggression of frenzied holiday shoppers, so skip the crowds and shop online. And here’s the bonus: most online stores offer holiday deals that can’t be found in-store.
While there’s more than enough eggnog, honeybaked ham, gingerbread, and candy canes to feast on during the holidays, your mood and health are positively correlated with that quality of the foods you consume. So before you overindulge at the next holiday party, try eating a healthy snack beforehand so you don’t go overboard on those festive treats.
To reduce anxiety, we also recommended sipping on a cup of chamomile tea. It boasts many benefits including lowering stress levels, regulating sleep, and boosting the immune system.
Between Christmas shopping and holiday parties, we often feel short on time and sleep. But sleep plays an important role in keeping your stress levels low. Any health professional will say you should be getting at least 7-9 hours of sleep a night. If stress is keeping you up at night, do something that will relax or calm you, such as working out, meditation, or taking a warm bath.
Sweat it Out
Exercise is a great stress reliever. Not only does it make your body stronger, it also stimulates your brain to produce endorphins, a chemical that can help improve your mood and reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed. Even a short walk around the neighborhood is enough to brighten your spirit and take your mind off stressful triggers.
Despite the chaos that the holiday season can often create, this time of the year is really about happiness, relaxation, and the company of our loved ones. We hope you can use these tips to calm your nerves during the holiday season so that you can experience the joy, peace and goodwill that the holidays are meant to embody.