We are right at the brink of a jam packed holiday season. Are you ready for all it entails? At first thought you think of all the fun, the food, the gifts, the family. But also, without a doubt, there is plenty of stress that comes along with that. Traveling and scheduling time for everyone. Shopping. Spending money. Cooking. There are so many things that make the holiday season stressful, that it’s easy to overlook what the season is really about. Use these tips so you can have a stress-free holiday!
Planning is key to preventing stress. Whether you’re buying gifts or cooking, it’s important to have a budget and make lists. Know what your budget is going before you leave the house. Knowing your budget then lets you make an appropriate list with amounts allocated in the correct ways. Ex. A turkey costs $XX, Tommy’s new bike costs $XX, etc. If you have it planned before you go to buy, you’ll spend less on impulse buys and less altogether, which will definitely help relieve stress!
So you’ve made your list and you have your budget – that’s great! Next, it’s important to be flexible. Things are not going to go exactly as planned. The grocery store won’t have every single thing on your list. Someone may cancel last minute. You may not be able to find the exact present someone asked for. These are such minor things in the long run. Don’t let them ruin your holiday.
The holidays are a great time to spend with your family, but often times spending time with the same people under the same roof for an extended period of time can cause unneeded stress, even if they’re family. If you start to feel stress building, take some time for yourself. Go for a walk, go sit outside, go read a book for a little bit, or even just go take some deep breaths in an empty room for a few minutes until you feel better. There is no sense in being stressed when spending time with family.
An easy stressor can be gaining weight, and the average American gains 1-2 permanent pounds every holiday season. Being healthy the entire time is a stressful task in itself, but be healthy when you can. Maybe only eat 2 pieces of pie instead of 3. Go for a walk after Thanksgiving dinner. Resist that extra roll or serving of mashed potatoes. We don’t want you not to enjoy your food and holidays, but we don’t want you to be stressed about all you ate after!
It’s very easy to get caught up in all that needs to be during the holidays and forget about all that you have around you. You had time the time to make a list of things you needed to get for the holidays and money to get it. You had events to be flexible about. You had family to take time away from and to spend time with. And you had food you needed to resist so you could be healthy. It’s very easy to get the holiday blues which cause stress and sadness, but we have so much to be thankful for. Just look around you!