How to Reduce Your Holiday Stress
The holidays are often described as a cheerful and joyful time. But the holidays can also
be very stressful. Visiting relatives, making big purchases, and attending events can be
exhausting. If you’re feeling overwhelmed this holiday season, here are some ways to
reduce holiday stress:
The holidays are a cozy time when many people snuggle by the fire and curl up with hot
chocolate. But all that time indoors can be giving you cabin fever. Mix things up by
taking a walk outside. If it’s snowy out, bundle up to go sledding, make a snowman, or
have a snowball fight. Winter hikes are often a great way to get in touch with nature.
Leave your stress at home at stay in the moment as you breathe in the crisp, snowy air.
Pick up Some Citrus
The smell of an orange, lemon, or grapefruit can relax you. This is because citrus can
boost norepinephrine, which improves your mood. Essential oils can provide a similar
effect if you don’t have a citrus fruit handy.
It’s easy to say yes to everything during the holidays. But if you’d rather sit an event out,
speak up and say so. Your physical and mental wellbeing still needs care throughout
the holiday season. Rest is an important part of self-care. Be kind to yourself and do
less. With less to do, you’ll be able to be more mindful and present at the events you do
choose to attend.
The holidays can be full of annoyances. Between your loved ones smothering you and
the constant craziness, it can be easy to feel irritated. Instead of getting cranky, lean in
to the insanity. If you feel yourself getting annoyed, try to see things from another light.
You may want to have a salad, but your co-worker really wants you to try her
homemade cookies. Thank your co-worker for the thought. (You can still stick with your
healthy choices, though!)
Let Go of Your Expectations
It’s one thing to have standards. It’s another thing to have unrealistic expectations for
the holidays. Perhaps you were expecting a better gift from a loved one. Instead try to
see the joy in what you were given. When visiting a loved one’s home, don’t expect the
event to be picture perfect. If your mom and your sister-in-law never get along, chances
are they won’t become best friends around the Christmas tree. Be realistic about your
expectations. And be ready to go with the flow.
Keep in mind that the holiday season goes by quickly. It’s a special time of year that
should be cherished. But don’t forget to take time to be kind to yourself.