5 Ways to Reduce Stress During the Holidays

5 Ways to Reduce Stress During the Holidays

How does the holiday season affect your stress level?  Are you finding time to relax or are you letting all the preparations, cooking and shopping get the best of you?  During the holidays it is important that you find time to enjoy the things that relax you.  Finding ways to slow down will help you in preventing feeling overwhelmed and fatigued during the festive season.  Here are a few suggestions that may help you reduce stress in order to make your holiday more joyous.

Talk About Your Feelings Positively

When dealing with family and friends express to them in a positive manner what is bothering you.  Make sure you spend quality time with family and have conversations about how each person is feeling about the holiday.  Listen to them and reaffirm your understanding of how they feel and share words of encouragement.  This type of communication will help in strengthening your family relationships. In addition, positive communication can help in relieving stress you and others may be experiencing.

Be creative in thinking of productive and effective ways to communicate so that everyone can work together supportively in making the holiday pleasant and memorable.

Ask For Help

Do not take it upon yourself to do everything and ask for help.  In you trying to do everything that needs to be done can be very tiring.  Learn to take time for yourself to rest so that you are not too exhausted to enjoy the holiday.  Be inventive in thinking of ways family and friends can help out during the holiday and delegate specific tasks.  Take better care of yourself this season, so that you feel more energetic and can create delightful memories with family and friends during the season.

Set Limits and Stick to Them

In addition to setting limits for your tasks and responsibilities during the holidays; you should also have a budget.  Spending too much over the holidays can cause you to feel even more stressed afterwards once the bills start to arrive.  Memories last longer and are cherished more, than most gifts.  Creating memories during the time you spend with family and friends can be one of the best gifts you can give.

One of my favorite quotes:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. ~Maya Angelou

Do Not Try to be a Perfectionist

No one is perfect, so do not cause yourself unnecessary suffering in thinking that you have to be.  You can only do your best and knowing that you did your best in creating a delightful holiday for those you care for and love should be enough.  Trying to be a perfectionist anytime, not to mention for the holidays can be very exhausting and distressing.

Be realistic in deciding on what you can do or afford; rather than what you think someone is expecting you to do or buy which is not within your set limits.  Remember not causing yourself problems that you can avoid, will help keep your stress under control.

Hold Onto What Makes the Holiday Season Special for You

Keep reminding yourself of what makes the holiday special for you.  The holidays are a time of sharing and being together.  Everyone has a different view on what makes the holidays special.  Remember to keep in mind what events may have taken place, which may cause someone not to feel like celebrating.  Therefore, you may want to approach them differently during the holidays.

In the end, allowing each person to celebrate in their own way, or not celebrate, the holidays can help reduce your stress levels.  Do not be discouraged how someone may want to celebrate the holiday.  Remember what is special to you and how you can create memories for someone else, by making it special for them.

How to cope with holiday stress can be uncertain at times.  Be creative, create memories, set limits, share your responsibilities, and take care of yourself is a start in enjoying the holidays and relieving stress.  These are things we may already know, but sometimes forget.

Learn how you can take better care of yourself by finding balance in your life during the holidays and every day.  Visit now and get your complimentary Finding a Balance in Life Guide to help you.

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Mae Newsome
Mae Newsome is a Certified Professional Coach and Human Resource Associate who has established a professional life coaching service that focuses on career development, time management, balance and self-care, and interpersonal conflict resolution.