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Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

The holidays are stressful for many people – they worry about extra money, the days are shorter, and there is less sun and Vitamin D to go around, and often family or in-laws come to town. So how can you stay stress-free this holiday season? We’ll help!

Don’t overspend!

We know giving presents is almost as good, and sometimes even better than receiving them, but here is your reminder to keep everything budgeted. Lack of money is one of the most significant stressors during the holiday season, so creating a spreadsheet or putting a dollar limit that you absolutely will not go over can help relieve some of that stress. Also, keep in mind that spending time with friends and family is a better gift than anything money can buy.

Keep a routine.

From sleeping to eating and exercising, try to stay as true to your regular routine as possible during the holiday season. Your routine will help you maintain a sense of normalcy which will help to limit stress. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep and exercise when you can. The days are shorter, but you can still get out and go for walks or bike rides with the family.

Focus on yourself.

Although the holidays are a wonderful time to spend with family and friends, it’s also essential to focus on yourself and your mental health. If you’ve been spending all of your time in a big group, take a few hours to yourself and do something you enjoy, whether that’s reading, taking a nap, watching a guilty pleasure show, or simply sitting in silence. Taking a few moments or hours to yourself can make a big difference.

Also, don’t be afraid to say “no.” You don’t have to attend every party, cook every meal, and say no when the event will harm your mental health. Boundaries make the things to which you say “yes!” that much better.

Be realistic.

Lastly, remember that the holidays are lovely, but they are not a picture-perfect alternate reality. Be realistic with how you’ll decorate, what you’ll cook or bake, and how much help you’ll need. Share the load and responsibilities with your spouse, siblings, or children. One person can’t do it all, so ask for help when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Even small tasks delegated to children can save you time and ease your mind and stress.

Everyone says that the holidays are the best time of the year and we have to agree! We know that they can be stressful, but keeping these tips in mind for the next few months should ease some of the stress, maybe even before it happens! Focus on your family, friends, and yourself this holiday season, and you will see how beautiful the holidays are.