Stress is a very common problem during the holidays. Unfortunately, alleviating stress is not easy to do. During this time of year, there are many demands on our time such as shopping, cooking, baking, cleaning, work, and entertaining. The Covid-19 pandemic may also be adding stress due to worry about you and your families’ health. Your holiday plans may also be different due to the pandemic.
Health Line provides a list of tips that can decrease stress over the holidays. Here is a summary of their recommendations.
- Plan Ahead
Finding time for all the holiday activities can be difficult. Creating a plan of action can help. Writing down the things you need to accomplish and then prioritizing them can be helpful. Also, you are less likely to forget things if you have a list.
- Put Yourself First
During the holidays, people focus on giving. It is easy to forget to look out for yourself. Taking care of yourself will improve your mood and help you take care of others.
- Keep Your Finances in Check
Be realistic about what you can afford to spend over the holidays. Create a budget and stick to it. If you are not in the position to spend money, then bake a treat, share talents, or spend time with family and friends. The sentiment behind the gift is more important than the monetary value.
- Honor Love Ones
The holidays can be difficult if you have lost someone or cannot be with friends and family. If you have lost someone, spending time reflecting on happy memories can brighten your mood. You are unable to be near loved ones, you might give them a call, plan a zoom party, or send them a note.
- Indulge in Moderation
It is fun to have treats or try new foods over the holidays, but don’t forget to eat healthy and take care of yourself. Remember to pace yourself, overeating can leave you feeling sick and lethargic.
- Do Not Be Afraid to Say No
It is okay to say “no”.
Only say “yes” to events and plans that will bring you happiness and joy.
Hopefully, this list should help you reduce your stress and worry over the holidays!