The holiday season can be both a joyful and stressful time for everyone. From having to go shopping for presents, to cooking meals, to now trying to be safe in a time of COVID-19, stress this year can be unavoidable. Fortunately, it’s never been a better time to learn how to handle it. To have a holly, jolly season check out our stress-free tips below!
1. Have a plan. Set aside time to accomplish all of the holiday tasks that you may have. This may include dedicating one week for shopping or cooking over the course of two days instead of one. By organizing your time, you can avoid the unnecessary stress that often accompanies procrastination and last-minute plans.
2. Stick to a budget. Know exactly how much you are willing to spend this season before shopping. An easy way to do this is to make a list of all of the gifts and food that you need prior to spending the money on it. Once you know what you need remember to stay firm and true to your budget!
3. Lean on family and friends. If the holiday stress continues to build don’t be afraid to lean on the people who are closest to you. Text, call, facetime, or even zoom with friends if you start to feel overwhelmed. If you are religious, it can also be helpful to reach out to your community or to get involved in a support group. Lastly, you can never go wrong with volunteering your time to help others in need. This can allow you time to make a positive difference and to get away from the things causing stress in your life.
4. Maintain healthy habits. While there is nothing wrong with indulging in delicious food and taking time to relax, it’s important to prioritize your own health as well. Doing this takes away from the guilt and added stress of overindulging during the season. This could mean maintaining your sleep, continuing with your normal eating habits, or exercising regularly. However prioritizing your health may look to you, it is definitely worth keeping in mind.
5. Set aside expectations. Everyone has certain expectations for the holidays. They can range from buying the perfect gift to hosting the perfect celebration. These high expectations can create unnecessary stress. In a time of COVID-19 it’s important to value what you have. If family members are unable to attend regular holiday traditions, then try including them over facetime or zoom. Be open to starting new traditions and remember to be grateful for the ones that remain the same.