This time of year is meant to be happy and joyous – spending time with family, enjoying holiday parties, selecting presents for those you love. But these things, and a whole list of others, can also bring the holiday stress – turkeys may burn, malls will be crowded and families might have squabbles. How you react to the stress of these situations can either make things better or worse. Below are a few suggestions you might find helpful when dealing with the holidays.
- Lower your expectations. As much as you may want a perfect holiday, it’s probably not going to happen. And by having high expections, you set yourself up for failure. Relax, focus on what’s realistic and enjoy the moment.
- Don’t overload your calendar. As much as you may want to go to every party and event, pick and choose what’s really going to be fun to you and allow yourself time to rest and take it easy.
- Get enough sleep.
- Try to stick to your regular diet as much as possible. A huge part of the holidays is the food. Of course you’re going to eat special treats and holiday dinners, but don’t let it become a habit. It’s easier to stick to your regular diet than to have to make New Year’s resolutions.
- Ask for help. Instead of having a resentment that you’re the only one trying to pull off a great holiday, ask for help with things like meals, shopping, errands.
This is just a small list of ways to help. There is a ton of information on the web and you can always ask other people how they handle stress.
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