The holidays are almost here. With the all the shopping, wrapping, cooking and entertaining that accompany the holiday season, many people feel more stressed out during this busy time. Some of the signs that you are under too much stress include: headaches, insomnia, nervousness, irritability, fatigue and muscle tension.
Keep your stress levels in check with the following tips:
Put on some music. Pick your favorite soothing holiday CD and take a moment to just listen. Don’t do anything else for at least five minutes to give yourself time to recharge.
Burn some candles. Choose a scent you find comforting whether that is a holiday pine scent that reminds of the season or your favorite relaxing scent such as lavender.
Just say no! If you have numerous events planned this year, choose at least one to skip. Use this time to reconnect with your family. Pop some popcorn and watch a holiday movie together.
Keep a list. Santa makes a list and for good reason. Don’t try to keep your to-do list in your head. Write it down so you don’t have to worry about forgetting something.
Allow extra time. Keep at least five minutes in your schedule for unexpected events. You never know when you might be stuck behind the snowplow on the way to your kids’ holiday concert. Leaving a bit of extra time in your schedule allows you to make it there on time anyhow.
Eat healthy foods. Keeping the holiday junk food in check will not only keep you from gaining weight this holiday season, but also give your body the right fuel for handling holiday stress.
Get some sleep. You may have a to-do list that is a mile long, but you can’t get it all done if you are over tired. Make sure you get enough sleep so you have the energy to get it all done.
Go for a walk. Getting some fresh air and exercise will help you keep stress at bay. When you feel overwhelmed, just step outside and give yourself a break. Getting away from whatever is making you feel stressed, even if it is just for a moment, will give you a better perspective and help you get your stress under control.
Shop from home. Internet and catalog shopping has come a long way. Many catalogs and web sites offer free shipping and even gift-wrapping. Most places have good return policies if you get the wrong size or color. You can shop anytime you’d like and even do it in your pajamas if you’d like.
Ask for help. You don’t have to try to do it all by yourself. Enlist your spouse to help with the gift-wrapping or have your kids frost the cookies. Not only will you get it done faster with extra help, but you will get to spend a little extra time with your loved ones.