Dealing with holiday stress can be a real challenge for everyone. Although the holidays are meant to be an enjoyable experience, they can be incredibly stressful for all kinds of reasons, whether it’s trying to find the time to get everything done or simply dealing with relatives that you may not get along with. Not to mention that buying gifts and traveling both cost money — and for many families, the holidays add a financial pressure that they can’t afford to take on.
Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to reduce your stress during the holidays.
How To Manage The Holiday Stress
The following are a few tips to help you alleviate some of the stress of the holiday season:
- Don’t be pressured by tradition – Just because something is tradition doesn’t mean you have no choice but to participate. If your family has a tradition you just don’t enjoy, find a different tradition that you can do every year that you’ll get more joy out of. Additionally, if you can’t afford to travel or don’t feel safe traveling this year, then don’t feel like you have no choice. “Tradition” is no reason to dig yourself into a financial hole or to risk your health and safety.
- Plan everything ahead – If you plan on visiting family, plan for travel well ahead of time. Don’t wait until the last minute to buy tickets if you’re flying out. The same goes for every other holiday situation. Buy all of your gifts ahead of time so you’re not rushing from store to store at the last minute.
- Don’t search for the perfect gift – Remember, there’s no such thing as “the perfect gift.” So don’t stress about finding it. It’s all about the “act” of giving, not the gift itself.
- Ask for help – Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you’re organizing a dinner, consider asking guests to bring something, like a bottle of wine or a side dish, to help reduce your workload.
- Get rest – Make sure you get enough rest. A lack of sleep will only exacerbate any stress you feel.
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