Does the holiday season raise your stress level? Some of us become so busy with all of the preparations, cooking, and shopping that sometimes we forget that we still need to find time for things that are relaxing. Finding time to unwind in the midst of everything will help you to prevent feeling exhausted in the end. How do you deal with the holiday stress? Here are a few ways that may help you:
Positively Express Your Feelings
Positively share your feelings about what may be bothering you with other people. Spend quality time with your family and talk about how the holiday season is making each person feel. Family members expressing their understanding of how others are feeling and giving words of encouragement will help to strengthen your family relationships. This can make the season even more enjoyable and memorable, relieving some of the stressors related to the holidays.
Think of productive ways to communicate what is causing you stress and what can be done constructively in order for everyone to work together in making the holidays pleasant.
Learn To Ask For Help
If you are having a hard time getting things done, then do not be afraid to ask for help. Trying to do everything on your own can be overwhelming. Delegating certain tasks and responsibilities to family members, can be a start in releasing some of your tension. Be creative in thinking of ways to involve other family and friends in alleviating some of your pressure, by getting them to help out.
Avoid doing everything yourself, so that you feel rested and have more time to enjoy 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, and learning to share your responsibilities is a start in enjoying the holidays and relieving stress. These are things we may already know, but sometimes forget.
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