Happy Holidays!? De-stress the Most Stressful Season of the Year

by Mary on November 25th, 2016

Do you have a love-hate relationship with the holidays? Many of us do. We may appreciate what they celebrate, we may love being with family, we may even enjoy entertaining. But, seems like the very things we enjoy about the holiday season can be stressful.

Take some of the pressure off with these de-stressing tactics.

Find your center and relax.

Take a few brief minutes to relax. Take deep, slow breaths, and meditate when you start to feel stressed. You don’t have to sit in a lotus position on a yoga mat to do it. You can meditate standing up and out in public. It’s all about controlling your breath, which is one thing you can control in these crazy times.

Just say no.

Some of us are prone to overscheduling ourselves, especially before and during holiday season. If you’re asked to go somewhere, do something, or help somehow, make yourself say ‘no’ when you really don’t want to do it.

Get outside. Walk.

Walk it off.

Once a day, get out and take a quick walk. You’ll come back in a better state of mind; do this more often throughout the whole year and you’ll help your body be healthier, too.

Keep it simple.

Remember, not everything has to be a big production. Pare down that guest list, especially if you know those folks will be running from house to house. Dreading that weekend long baking session? Consider giving half size portions. Most folks will appreciate you downsizing their calories, too. Go with recipes you’re comfortable with if you’re going to cook. Stick to gift-giving that makes sense to your money and time budget.

Be grateful. Gratitude.

Be grateful.

Start your day thinking about what makes you happy, and what you’re thankful for. It could be family, friends, your job, even the weather. It’s great to be grateful for the common stuff, yet your appreciation for the world expands when you add new things to your list. You may be grateful for friends and for the friendly stranger who let you go ahead of her on the freeway on-ramp. Being grateful is good for your well-being.

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