The holidays bring both invited guests and the unwanted stress and anxiety. “Let’s host the holidays at our house” sounds good in November but once middle of December hits the stress kicks in. What will you cook? For how many people? What will you wear?
The holidays are full of parties, shopping, cooking, baking and entertaining. No wonder why we get overwhelmed. Here are some tips to help prevent and ease the holiday stress!
1. Be realistic
The holidays don’t have to be perfect or as perfect as previous years. As families and friends change and grow so do the traditions and gatherings.
2. Stick to a budget
Before you go shopping for gifts and food, plan ahead and see how much things are going to cost you. Instead of spending $300 on each child maybe try $150. If your hosting a party instead of putting all the stress on you to buy all the food tell your friends to each bring an appetizer. Small adjustments this season can help boost your finances.
3. Set aside differences
Like I said before the holidays usually bring friends and family. Don’t let differences between family members get in the way of quality time this season. Set aside problems for a more appropriate time to discuss. Let the power of joy make your holiday season happy and healthy.
4. Learn to say no
With company parties, family parties, friend parties and personal time its ok to say no. You don’t want to exhaust yourself by say yes to every event. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can’t participate in every activity.
5. Don’t forget about healthy habits
With the chaos and excitement of the holidays we sometimes get caught up in the moment and the holidays become a free for all. Remember to get plenty of sleep, incorporate exercise in at least 3 days a week, eat a healthy snack before a holiday party to prevent over indulgence in sweets and drinks.
Not only will planning ahead help to save you time it can help save energy and money. Set up a calendar with all your events for the month. Look for sales on items for gifts or foods. This will help prevent the last-minute scrambling of forgotten ingredients or gifts!
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“Tips for Coping with Holiday Stress.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 16 Sept. 2017, www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20047544.
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