The holiday season can be tough to get through. It seems that the closer we get to the holiday season the higher our stress levels tend to rise. I know many people whose anxiety kicks in during the holiday season. This is, in part, due to the change in weather, but anxiety is mainly caused by the number of demands that people face during this time of year.
Between parties, concerts, dinners, and buying gifts, it can
be hard to keep your head above water. The added costs associated with this time of year also tend to help raise our stress levels.
While you cannot make the holidays vanish — nor would you really want to — you must remember that the holiday season is meant to be a time of happiness and togetherness, which is preferably stress-free.
In order to keep your stress levels in check this holiday season here are a few stress-reduction techniques that you can try:
Make a list and check it twice. Not a good and bad list, like Santa Claus makes, but a list of things that you need to get done before the end of the holiday season. Mark down all the gifts you need to buy, the dinners you need to host, the functions you need to attend, and so on. Being organized will help you feel in control of your stress.
Make a calendar for the months of November, December, and January, and write the particular commitments you have on it in specific ‘commitment colors.’ That way, every time you look at the calendar, you will know that, for example, green means you have somewhere to be and red means you are hosting a function.
Make a list of everything that you need to purchase over the next few months. I list the names of all the people I need to purchase gifts for and then mark down a few gift ideas so that I know exactly what I will buy when I hit the malls.
Also, make a list of all the host gifts you will need for any functions you attend, and what you will need to get in order to host your own functions. Be organized. Take care of things slowly rather than leaving everything to the last minute.
Grab a few cardboard boxes or storage bins and arrange your things in them as needed. For example, all the gifts you require for one party can go in one bin, all the non- perishables that you need and decorations and whatnot for another party can go in another bin. That way, everything is ready to go when you need it.
Do whatever you can to make things easier for yourself. This way, you will feel ready and prepared — instead of rushed and out of control.
Don’t forget to take some time for yourself. Take care of yourself and your needs. This is vital at any time of the year, but especially during the busy and stressful times such as the holiday season. Say no to certain events if you have to — there is no need for you to attend every single one.
Get out and do something that you enjoy, be it a walk to clear your head or a class where you learn to make greeting cards. By remembering to take time for yourself, you will feel much more relaxed over the holiday season.
If you stay organized and on top of things, you will be surprised at how smoothly things will run for you this season. Happy Holidays!