Tips For Coping With Holiday Stress

For many people, the holiday season brings joys and happiness; but for some it brings more stress as well. We will discuss some of the stress problems that are unique to the holiday season.

The most pressures probably come from both your works and family. On one hand, there could be more projects that are demanding for completion in a shorter period of time in your work; hence bringing more deadlines with fewer resources. On another hand, you might be expected to plan for a holiday trip from your family.

The expectation or feeling obligated for planning a feast, buying presents during the holiday season can also be the major contributors to your stress level. Crowded stores, clogged streets, traffic jams, lack of parking spaces and bad weather could all add to the pressures as well.

In fact, holiday stress has clear similarities to the more common daily stress that we’re all facing every day. Hence, holiday stress is subject to the same kind of treatments as well.

Here are some tips to help you melt away the holiday stressors.

1. Plan ahead and make a list. Whether you’re planning for a trip, feast or buying gifts; make a list of what needs to be done next. This helps to take the guesswork out of the way. Having a list also helps to eliminate any last minute stress worrying about things that you may have forgotten.

2. Shop in advance. Keep an eye on some great deals throughout the year. Shopping earlier helps you avoid last minute stress of having to go through crowded stores and looking for parking spaces.

3. Plan your holiday budget and stick to it. If you’re planning for a holiday trip, start saving some money earlier, decide on where you want to go and set aside a budget that you can afford. Similarly, if you have to buy gifts, buy something that you can afford, don’t get carried away. Great gifts don’t need to be expensive ones. Remember it’s the thought that counts.

4. Stay home during the holiday. Many people feel obligated to travel during the holiday, you can break this holiday tradition by choosing to spend quality time at home with your loved ones. Just think of some activities like decorating the house and the Christmas tree. Playing games in the snow with your family and your dogs, etc.

5. Take time out for yourself. Spend one hour daily for doing exercise, taking your loved ones and dog for a walk, listening to music, learning yoga and meditation. All these activities can help melt away stress and anxiety.

The holiday season is for you to enjoy and spend quality time with your loved ones; so take the opportunity to recharge your battery and cherish the moments. Wish you have the safe and happy holiday season.

Source by Leon Lioe

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