It's the beginning of the holiday season and with the holidays comes to stress. Each year we feel a mix of joy and anxiety when we approach the days before holidays. The holidays can bring stress starting in November and go straight through until the new year. We experience a combination of stressors related to financial costs of the holidays, family coming to stay and the conflicts it may bring, and the stress of trying to have the perfect meal and holiday all together. If you're one of those people who feel the pressure of the holidays, here are 8 tips to help feel balanced, happy and stress-free:
1. Remember what the holidays are really about– spending quality time with family, friends and loved ones. It's about giving love and joy to others. Watch your expectation; make sure they are realistic. We try for perfection during the holidays and we tend to forget what the holidays are really about. Remind yourself that the holidays are about being close to your loved ones while everything else comes second.
2. Take care of you; during the busy holiday season, we forget about ourselves. We worry so much about setting a nice table; buying and cooking the food; decorating the house; buying the presents; etc., we forget to take a time out and spend some quiet time alone. Yes, it's the season of giving to others, but make sure to put yourself on your priority list and put yourself high up on the list. If we aren't feeling mentally, physically and emotionally healthy, how we will be able to have a good holiday? The more time you put aside for you, the healthier and happier you will feel this holiday season.
3. Seasonal disorder- this is just another issue that can affect people during this stressful time. If you know that the cold weather and shorter days affect you and cause you to have negative moods, then do some preventive work. Talk to your doctor about options, seek to counsel before the change of weather and holidays start, set up a support system to help when you're feeling down, invest in light boxes and plan a vacation to a warm destination (this will give you something to look forward to).