Let’s face it, the holidays can be stressful
… the shopping, family, hosting, eating, parties, being alone… But you don’t need to stressed.
- Focus on gratitude instead of perfection: It is easy to get caught up in all the craziness of the holidays, such a decorating every inch of the house or buying all those gifts. Try to keep things simple and focus on quality time with my family and friends. The goal is to experience more gratitude and appreciation for what we have, rather than on what you should be doing.
- Find new traditions that work for you: question how you have done things in the past that have brought distress and discontent. Don’t like going to your in-laws for a week? Then don’t. It IS ok. This is your life & your family.
- Schedule a carrot: schedule a reward for yourself after an event that may be stressful (such as a family event or going shopping). Knowing you have something positive to enjoy can help alter your mindset to “this may not be my favorite, but I know I will be getting a great massage tomorrow.”
- Exercise: research shows exercise can improve mood as effectively as anti-depressant medications and reduces stress. It also gives you lots of positive energy and helps ward off the holiday weight gain. Schedule time to exercise, whether going for a family walk or putting on some good music while you are home and dancing around.
- Make it a family affair: have the entire family be part of the holiday preparation and clean up. Children love to help in the kitchen, so put them to work setting the table or assisting with the food prep. Have everyone pitch in when cleaning up after the presents have been open. Then pop some popcorn and enjoy a movie all together.
Follow these 5 steps for a happier holiday and an even happier you!
If you have any other Holiday Stress Busters – Feel free to share them by commenting below!