Stress LESS this Holiday Season

“It’s the most wonderful time of year!” The holidays are upon us and that means cold temperatures, hot chocolate, shopping, holiday parties, family time and lots of tasty treats! These final weeks of the year can be full of fun memories, but also bring on lots of STRESS.

So, how can we enjoy this season rather than dread it?? Read these tips below to reduce your stress.

Make a budget.

Finances can be a major stressor during the holidays when you take into consideration all the gifts, travel expenses, holiday cards, and special events. Categorize each area you will need to budget for and stick to it – this will prevent you from spending more money than you have. It is also helpful to start preparing for the holiday season months in advance. Set aside money each month to start saving for additional expenses and this will make for a less stressful time.

Make a list and check it twice.

However, this list is not for Santa. Keep a list of your events and tasks to stay organized and keep everything straight. Whether you make your list with pen and paper or an app on your phone, this will help ensure that you don’t forget the important things that need to get accomplished. Remember, it’s also okay to say “no” to things. This will allow you to say “yes” to what’s most important to you.

Make exercise a priority.

When life gets busy, exercise is often the first thing that gets crossed off the list. However, we all know exercise is proven to help reduce stress. It is also important to keep a regular eating and sleep schedule during this hectic time of year.

Delegate. Delegate. Delegate.

Don’t feel like you must do everything yourself…ask for help from others (and all the control freaks cringe). I can say that because I personally struggle with this one, but I know how important it is. Share your ‘to-do’ list from above with others around you and divide and conquer. This might mean asking for help wrapping gifts or preparing a holiday meal. Whatever the case may be, let others help you!

Take some “me” time and be positive.

Making time for yourself is important; even if it’s for 5 minutes. Step out of the house and take a short walk to get away from the chaos and think positive thoughts. Negativity can trigger the body’s stress response, so focus on being optimistic even when challenging situations may arise.