How to Effectively Handle the Upcoming Holiday Stress

The holiday season is so close. While for many people this brings up feelings of excitement and nostalgia, others begin to feel a sense of dread and stress. The holidays, while lots of fun, can also be extremely stressful. With presents to buy, pounds of food to cook, and lots of time spent with family, it can be tough to make it through completely unscathed. If this sounds a little like you, check out these tips for effectively managing your stress and worry through the holiday season.

Stay Busy, But Not Too Busy

The holidays are definitely a busy time of year. There are a million things to do, and it can become overwhelming to even the most spirited holiday person. To keep your stress levels under control, don’t over commit. If possible, start your holiday preparations way in advance. Buy plane tickets or make overnight arrangements now. Waiting until the last minute only adds to the stress. As far as extra activities, do the ones that sound like fun for you and your family. Don’t feel pressure to be at every single event this season. Don’t forget that the word no works year round, so plan your season accordingly.

Keep Up Your Diet and Exercise Plan

This is the time of year that many people let their diet and exercise routines slip. This will further contribute to feelings of despair. Do your best to keep up your healthy eating habits and maintain your regular workouts. While it is ok to indulge in a holiday treat or skip your workout in lieu of a family gathering, don’t do this everyday. You’ll feel better all the way around if you keep your physical health under control.

Spend Time With Loved Ones

This is especially true if you are alone or separated from your family at this time of year. Because of the nature of the season, finding a way to be with loved ones is important. If you simply can’t get back to see family, lean on your local friends for support. Most people will be more than happy to include you in some of their holiday events. If you don’t have family or friends nearby, a great alternative is to spend some time volunteering. Helping those less fortunate than you can do wonders for your perspective, and can help you feel a little less helpless amongst all of the holiday worry and stress.

Don’t let the holiday stress get the best of you. This is a great time of year, and you don’t want it ruined by unnecessary or  excessive worry. Use these tips to stay on top of your physical and mental health through the season. Make the best of your holidays and begin the new year healthy and happy.

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