5 Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress
The holiday season is upon us! This is supposed to be the “most wonderful time of the year” filled with merriment, family, and friends. But, for many this is actually the most stressful time of the year. After all, there are presents to wrap, potluck dishes to prepare, guest rooms to clean, dozens of parties to attend – and all while maintaining your sanity and your waistline. It’s overwhelming enough to make you want to crawl under the covers and binge watch Hallmark holiday movies until the new year.
So, we are going to let you in on a little holiday secret: the season does not have to be stressful! Take a deep breath and read through our 5 simple tips to help avoid holiday stress.
Tip 1: Plan Ahead
We love spontaneity, but when it comes to the holiday season planning ahead is key. First, sit down and calendarize all of your commitments. This includes holiday parties, kids’ activities, family gatherings and work events. Once this done, you can start picking the best dates and times to handle everything else on your To Do list such as shopping, meal prep, and gift wrapping. Here is the most important part of this tip – make sure you schedule down time for yourself and your family. By putting this on your calendar, it will help you and your loved ones honor the commitment.
Tip 2: Do Not Over-Commit
It is very important to set boundaries around your schedule during the holidays. Whether you suffer from FOMO or you are just one of those people who feels obligated to say yes, you should never over-extend yourself by accepting every invitation you get. If you are invited to an event that requires an RSVP for headcount, evaluate the importance of it and whether or not you will enjoy attending. If it isn’t being hosted by a close friend or family member, or if the thought alone of going fills you with dread, it’s OK to politely decline. If you are invited to an event that does not require and RSVP and you are on the fence, it’s also OK to say that you will try to make it and check in closer to the event date.
Tip 3: Stick to a Budget
Too many people find themselves in a financial bind after over-zealous holiday spending. You can avoid this by setting a budget before the spending starts, and then by sticking to it as closely as possible. If you find yourself going over faster than anticipated, stop and evaluate your other spending needs and habits to see where you can make some trade-offs. For example, can you spend more on your family presents this year if you give up going out for coffee for a couple of weeks?
Tip 4: Prioritize Self-Care
The holidays are about putting others first. Even so, it’s vital that you make your health and wellness a top priority during this hectic time. First, stick to your standard daily routines around diet and exercise. Of course, you are going to indulge a little more than usual, which is fine. But do not give into the temptation of pausing your workout routine until after the holidays, because you will find that it’s really difficult to get back on the wagon. Second, get enough sleep every night. If you are tired and groggy, you will be more prone to stress and miss out on the joy of the season. Finally, treat yourself! Whether it’s a hot bath before bed, a massage, or down time with a great book, letting your body and mind unwind after a long day will help keep your stress levels down.
Tip 5: Change Your Perspective
When it comes to the holidays, it’s more important than ever to change your perspective around what typically stresses you out. For example, instead of obsessing over how many presents you have to buy, why not think about how lucky you are to have so many loved ones for whom you are buying gifts? Or, instead of freaking out about rearranging your guest room for your out-of-town guests, why not think about how grateful you are to have this time with them?
There’s no way to completely avoid the craziness of the holidays but following these simple tips you can help keep your stress levels in check. Looking for a little help maintaining calm and focus this season? Give yourself the gift of our Relax & Recharge CBD Oil Tincture with the pleasant and calming taste of natural mint.
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