I'm Dreaming of a Stress Free Christmas

This time of year can be a trying one for many of us. There’s the pressure of finding The (Affordable) Perfect Gift, lovely dinners with your dysfunctional family and melancholic thoughts of loved ones gone. And with everyone pulling you in ten different directions, the holidays can easily drive you crazy!

To help manage your stress, it’s important to recognize the things that trigger anxiety. Some of them might include:

  • Unrealistic expectations and perfectionism
  • Strained relationships or feelings of loneliness
  • Financial difficulties and feeling pressured to shop ‘til you drop
  • Fatigue and exhaustion from taking on too many tasks

Once you’ve pinpointed the stressors that cause tension, you can take steps to reduce or remove them altogether. Here are some suggestions to help you survive the holidays unscathed:

  1. Maintain your regular sleeping and exercising schedule, eat healthy meals and limit your alcohol consumption.
  2. Only take on as much as you can handle and delegate the rest.
  3. Be realistic with yourself and others. Don’t base your happiness on whether or not everything turns out perfectly.
  4. Create a budget and stick to it. Be creative with your gifts. Take part in fun – yet free – activities around town.
  5. Spend time helping others to fend off feeling lonely. Reach out to caring friends and family for support.
  6. Take each day as it comes enjoying each moment fully and wholeheartedly.
  7. Learn to say no without any guilt. Feel free to take as much time as you need for yourself.

How do you keep your holiday stress to a minimum?