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8 Tips to Minimize Holiday-Related Stress

Written by Courteney

Posted on December 20, 2016 at 1:24 am


The holidays can be the best time of year, but they can also be the most stressful at times as well. Let’s take a look at a few holiday stress-reducing tips for a happier, healthier time:

  1. Don’t overreach when it comes to presents – the holidays are about so much more than just material things. Many people stress themselves out by going way over their holiday gift budget. We’re all guilty of it sometimes, but a little less can still show someone how much you care.
  2. Keep a handle on the partying – the holidays are a time for celebration, but too many hard party nights can take away from relaxing and being present in the moment with your loved ones. If you’re hung over, you won’t enjoy the holidays as much as if you were feeling better.
  3. Try to avoid company clashes – when the family is over or you’re visiting your extended family, veer away from controversial subjects that may provoke a family brawl. Having company can sometimes be frustrating but don’t let the stress get the best of you. It may help to excuse yourself from your guests and take a couple deep breaths as needed.
  4. Think ahead – Last minute shopping can be very stressful because the stores are crazy and the shelves are nearly bear. Try to get your shopping and wrapping done well ahead of schedule so you’re not cursing yourself trying to get everything done last minute!
  5. Knock off some of your cooking and baking well ahead of time. Cookies keep really well in the freezer, so why not get your baking and some cooking ready a couple weeks before everyone starts showing up?
  6. Be kid-ready – Have some kids Christmas activities ready so when they get off school, there will still be some structure to give you time to do what you have to around the house.
  7. Don’t sweat the little hiccups – they are bound to happen! Some of us are holiday perfectionists. If more people show up to your event than anticipated, or the Christmas lights blow or a flight gets delayed, try to stay calm and make the most of what you have for the holidays.
  8. Still take “you time” between all the company – It can be easy to get caught up in the whirlwind busy of the holidays, but you will enjoy them much more if you take time out to do things that keep you calm and happy such as a nice long bath, painting or walks.

The most important thing is not to get distracted from what the holidays are truly about. Be sure to make time for those special quiet moments for your family to celebrate the things that really matter, all the rest is just tinsel! Thanks for visiting DocChat!

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