Stress, it is an inevitable part of life. Too much of it, unfortunately, can be emotionally and physically harmful. During the Christmas season, stress-levels tend to spiral as people prepare for the holiday. The following suggestions, however, can minimize stress and ensure emotional and physical well-being this time of the year.
- Do not commit to activities which are of little or no interest to you. For example, do not feel obligated to attend every Christmas party or dinner you’re invited to. Doing so will only create angst and rob you of precious time that can be spent doing something you enjoy.
- Have realistic expectations about family members and family get-togethers. If past family gatherings have been drama-filled, exasperating events, chances are they won’t be any different this Christmas.
- Devise a budget and stick to it. It will prevent spendthrift behavior which can easily create a mountain of debt. Tackling debt after the holiday can not only be frustrating but depressing as well.
- Pace yourself—minimize the hustle and bustle. Develop an agenda for decorating, shopping and other tasks.
- Utilize shopping lists. Shopping lists not only help keep you within your budget, they save you time and energy from making repeat trips to stores to pick up things you forget.
- 'Tis the season to be jolly! Spend time with people who share that sentiment. Limit time with emotionally draining people.
- Listen to lots of holiday music.
- Take time to watch some holiday movies.
- Get out and take in the holiday decorations on display throughout your town or city. They’re sure to bring a smile to your face and warm your heart.
- Lastly, buy yourself something special. You deserve it!
Be proactive and minimize stress so it won’t deprive you of the joys of the season. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!