Holiday season is among us and that means the stress of buying gifts, preparing homes for guests, booking flights to see family, and cooking holiday meals is among us as well. A lot of times, the craziness of all of this overshadows the joy of the holiday season. However, I have given a list of 7 ways in which you can help keep your stress to a minimum so you can enjoy the holidays with your loved ones.
1. Get Your Gift Shopping Done Early!
Nothing is more stressful than feeling like you are running out of time. You want to give great gifts to your loved ones, so don’t leave it to last minute. Start researching presents now and be on the lookout for upcoming deals. Black Friday is a great opportunity to get the majority of your gift shopping done while also saving lots of money at the same time.
2. Work Out
Exercise, though we may not always want to do it has been proven to reduce our stress levels. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins—chemicals in the brain that act as natural mood boosters, which in turn makes you more happy and less stressed.
If you are in the Kansas City area, you can check out Health House and schedule one of their awesome fitness classes to help combat holiday stress!
3. Schedule In Time To Relax
In the midst of life’s busiest moments, it is often hard to remember to the take time to relax and do the things you love. However, this is very essential to our happiness, as taking time to invest in ourselves and our own interests is a great way to feel balanced and valued. So read a book, paint a picture, try a new recipe–whatever it is that you love to do and will relax and fuel you, don’t feel bad about doing it.
4. Get enough sleep
Okay, who else knows how hard it is to be successful and productive when you can barely even keep your eyes open? That is just a recipe for crankiness and disaster. It is super important for your own sanity and health to have a regular sleep schedule of at least 7 hours a night. This will help keep you regulate and balance your moods and help keep stress away.
5. Take a walk outside
A great way to reduce stress, especially in the middle of a busy day when your mind feels flooded with tasks and responsibilities, is to simply get outside and take a walk! Just like with any other type of physical activity, your body will release endorphins and you’ll soak in a little vitamin D from the sun–which helps balance depressive hormones in the body. You’ll be surprised to see how much taking the time to go for a walk around your neighborhood when you’re too stressed to get anything else done truly does help.
6. Learn to say no
If you feel like you’re taking on too many responsibilities than you can handle, remember that it is okay to say no. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with making sure you are not spreading yourself too thin–in fact it’s better for yourself in the long run.
7. Ask for help
Similarly, if there is just too much on your plate and it feels impossible to get everything done, ask a friend or family member to help you out. There’s no reason why you should be responsible for all of the holiday tasks! There’s nothing wrong with needing help.
I hope these tips allow you to relax and enjoy this season. Happy Holidays!