Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday
It’s hard to believe December has rolled around once again and that 2014 is already drawing to a close. The holiday hustle and bustle is well underway, as people are preparing for parties, get-togethers, gift exchanges and other festivities. While this season is sure to be merry and bright in many aspects, the fact remains that December is a time that brings about heightened levels of stress and excess worry for many of us. It doesn’t have to be this way, however. There are easy steps you can take to ensure this December is as joyful and stress free as possible.
Five Easy Steps for a Stress-Free Holiday
From cooking and decorating to shopping and hosting, the arrival of the holiday season brings about added responsibilities we feel we must take on in order to make this time as special as possible. However, adding these responsibilities to an already hectic schedule can drain a person of energy and the holiday spirit, which can lead to developing of a case of the bah-humbugs. To stay jolly and stress free during this holiday season, consider following these five steps:
- Plan your shopping time.
Setting aside specific times to go shopping will save you a headache down the road. If you, like a vast majority of people, still have some shopping to do, it is helpful to compile a comprehensive list of everything you still need to purchase – whether it is gifts, decorations or food. Set a particular date and time to go shopping, and get everything you need.
- Stick to a budget.
It’s easy to get caught up in the gift-giving spirit when buying presents for friends and family. However, an overzealous holiday spirit can have a negative impact on your bank account. Figure out how much you can safely spend on gifts, decorations and other holiday items, and commit to spending no more.
- Eat right.
Just because it’s the holiday season doesn’t mean you should skimp on your healthy lifestyle. Be sure to incorporate plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables into your holiday diet. Also, it could be quite beneficial to supplement your diet with anxiety-fighting ingredients like ashwagandha, GABA, kava kava and theobromine.
- Learn to say no.
There always seems to be an overabundance of things to do during the holiday season. Parties, gift exchanges, family gatherings and other get-togethers are quite common, but you cannot be everywhere at once. It’s okay to say no to a gathering or two. People will understand that this is a busy time of the year and forgive your absence.
- Set aside some “me” time.
Amidst all the holiday excitement, it can be easy to put others before yourself. While this act is admirable, it’s important to set aside some time for yourself. Stop everything you’re doing for 10 to 15 minutes, and do something just for yourself. This can include reading, exercising, meditating, jamming out to your favorite song or just doing nothing.