It is no secret that the winter holiday season can become an overwhelming whirlwind of stress. In fact, according to a survey by Healthline, 62% of people report increases in their stress level during the holiday season. Whether your trigger is having family around, the burden of buying gifts, or getting thrown off your diet, here are a few tips to stay sane during the holidays:
Avoid Making Too Many Commitments
It’s okay to say ‘no’! Be honest with yourself about how much you can handle, and remember that you don’t owe your presence to anyone! Self-care and mental health always comes first, and it’s easy to forget that we are in control of our schedules. If going somewhere will put a strain on your happiness, just say no!
Make a Budget
One of the most common sources of stress during the holiday season is fiscal strain. The best way to avoid overspending is to plan ahead and stick to your budget. Try downloading an app to help you keep track of your expenditures, such as EveryDollar (free on iPhones, Androids, and computers!)
Somewhere in the mayhem of shiny new gifts and heaping piles of cookies, the true meaning of the holiday season can be lost. In the coming weeks, try to stay grounded in what is really important. Put things into perspective and reflect on how lucky you are.
Every joyous moment spent with family and friends deserves your full attention. Try to experience the excitement of the holidays in real-time. Not every Snapchat needs to be replied to instantaneously, and not every funny moment needs to be documented on your Instagram. Focus on making happy memories instead of pretty pictures.
Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute
Having a busy schedule can be a real roadblock during the holiday season. However, scrambling to buy gifts for everyone on your list at the last possible second is a recipe for unnecessary stress. Try planning ahead and getting a little bit done each day. Remember that buying gifts and decorating is supposed to be fun more than anything.
I wish you all a joyous holiday, and look forward to the new year ahead!