Holidays are filled with joyous times spend with family and loved ones but can often be stressful as well. Some studies indicate that stress, depression and suicide are highest during the holiday season. To reduce stress, overwhelm and possible depression, consider some of these stress busting tips for the holidays, practice some good self care and enjoy!
- Start your list early. Even if you change your mind, you have a guideline in place for gift giving and shopping. I usually start my list early in the year as I listen to what my family and friends say are on their wish list. Of course, the list might change by December but I’ve already gotten a head start and can avoid the last minute buying frenzy.
- Budget wisely. Assign a reasonable dollar amount for each gift on you list. This may change but you will start your shopping with a ballpark figure in mind and likely won’t exceed your budget.
- Shop only from your list. Don’t allow the brightly colored decorations, advertisements and shiny objects sway your intentions.
- Take time out for self-care. While shopping or doing other errands, stop to enjoy your favorite beverage, snack or just “people watch” for 10-15 minutes. And when done, you can resume your tasks feeling refreshed and ready to forge ahead.
- Keep entertaining menus simple. Every occasion doesn’t have to be a Martha Stewart event. Remember, entertaining is about creating precious memories and enjoying the company of your family and friends.
- Use creative gift wrapping. Unless you enjoy gift wrapping, use department store gift wrapping services or recycled gift bags and tissues to cut down on the time, expense and stress of selecting paper and ribbons.
- Prioritize. Each day, starting December 1, make a list of the important things to be done and prioritize it by importance. Don’t try to do everything on your list, move some to another day to avoid overwhelm.
When you do too much, are worn out and lack energy, you tend to look at the seasonal preparations as just another chore. With all the planning and activities on the horizon, it’s vitally important to take time for self-care so you can enjoy the season amongst all the frenzy.
Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous Holiday season!
Certified Life Coach, family therapist, and Group coaching specialist, Gladys M, Anderson helps nurses, teachers, social workers, therapists and other care giving women to set limits so they have more time, more joy and more energy for self-care. To get tips, start living out loud with more energy, passion and self confidence, start by getting your FREE copy of Building Strong Boundaries to Create More Breathing Space in Your Hectic Life