Stress Reducing Tips for the Holidays

| November 21, 2017 | 2 Comments

It’s that time of year.

Excitement, parties, gifts, and oh yeah,….stress.

Use these tips to help you not only survive the Holiday season,

but have a good time!

  1. Get plenty of sleep so your body stays strong and ready for whatever gets thrown at it. (Germs, crabby people, over-excited children, and oh yes… those relatives!) This is a key component in stress reducing.
  2. Practice deep breathing. Slow, deep breathing revitalizes your brain, your cells–every part of your body. When you breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose and slowly breathe out through your mouth, you are reducing your stress. It is not only calming; it has the added benefit of giving you time to think before you speak. (This can prevent further stress–think about it!). Use this when waiting in lines or when you feel anxious.)
  3. Look for the humor in situations. Watch funny movies and get silly with children. Laughing is a huge stress reducer!
  4. Practice saying Thank You for all the abundance you have in your life. There is so very much to be grateful for in our lives. 

    Remember to be Thankful!

  5. Helping others is a great stress reducer. Let somebody change lanes in front of you when you are driving. Hold a door open for someone. Look for ways to help people who have less than you. Do not look for thanks. You will still feel good.
  6. Knowing your spending limit is also a way to relieve holiday stress. Stay on a budget now to avoid the stress of the bills coming in later.
  7. Plan how you will react to situations ahead of time. If you know that certain family parties can lead to trouble, plan ahead for your response. Family gatherings can range from wonderful to awful with a full continuum in between. You can’t control other people, but you can control your reactions. Limit your time spent with stress-inducing people. Practice how to ignore comments. Just because someone wants to argue, does not mean that you have to engage. Walk away.
  8. When out and about shopping and doing errands, plan how you will react to upsetting, annoying or rude people. Again, you can only control you. Be nice—it will drive other people crazy.
  9. Watch the alcohol intake. Too much can only lead to trouble. You know what I am talking about.
  10. Remember, it’s supposed to be about love, not overspending, not exhausting yourself, not putting yourself into debt. Remind yourself that you will never have these moments again. Look for good parts in each day.

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, have a happy one!

Enjoy Your Holidays!

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  1. RuthAnn MacCrum says:

    Great information Diana. You have a great holiday season.

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