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Posted: 25 Dec 2019 By: Rashi Chaudhary

7 Easy Ways To Beat Holiday Stress

The holiday season has finally approached in its full swing and so are the uninvited stress and depression. On one side, holiday season lets us spend time with our family, go for winter getaways, and attend parties with our friends while on the other hand, the pressure of buying Christmas presents, shopping, entertaining guests can quickly tense up your shoulders as it becomes too much to handle.

If you are the one who often goes through anxiety and stress during the holidays, we are here to help you. Keep on reading to know a few of the many tips to beat holiday stress and enjoy this wonderful time of the year.

Importance of Managing Stress During the Holidays:

We often take things lightly that end up wreaking havoc to our entire health. Don’t we?

For those of you who don’t understand the importance of learning the ways to spend stress-free holidays, let us explain how stress during holidays impact your overall health and mood.

  • Increases the craving for sugary food & beverages
  • You tend to become irritable and annoyed
  • You will stay worried due to incomplete tasks
  • It will also lead to a disturbed sleeping pattern
  • Due to improper sleep, you are likely to wake up and feel less energized throughout the next day
  • It also triggers your emotions that end up on making you sad, happy, lonely etc.

On that account, it certainly becomes important to get a hand on some tips to reduce holiday stress and enjoy this beautiful season instead. The below-mentioned are few such tips to follow:

1. Prepare a List of Activities:

During the holidays, we have many tasks to do that include buying Christmas presents, grocery stuff, attending parties at a friend’s place and the list goes on. In such a scenario, you might miss out on one or other things due to a lack of planning.

For that reason, plan a list ahead of your tasks and list them as per the priority. In this way, you will not run out of something important at the end moment and also you can easily sneak out some “Me Time”.

2. Plan Your Budget

Mostly the stress during holidays arises as to the result of financial pressure. Buying gifts for friends/family, spending money on personal shopping, and going out for dinner can cost a whopping amount.

Therefore, before you go out to spend money, decide how much you can afford and stick to it. It’s not necessary to give expensive gifts if it doesn’t fit your pocket. Giving homemade gifts, baking favourite dish of your loved ones or just spending valuable time means a lot for the person who loves you. With a little review on the budget, you can easily beat holiday stress that makes you anxious and upset.

3. Take a Short Break

It won’t harm anyone to take a mini-break amidst all the chaos. In between the hustle-bustle of upcoming celebrations, most likely we don’t take out time for ourselves to relax and chill for a while that eventually puts us in a stressful situation.

To de-stress yourself, try to take out some time to enjoy either alone or with your near and dear ones. Just make sure you spend some good and happy moments that help to uplifts your mood and leave no room for stress.

4. Stay Physically Active

This is by far one of the most effective ways to reduce stress during holidays and have fun at this wonderful time of the year. Staying active and exercising regularly helps to boost your mood and supply you with the positive energy required to do every assigned activity.

Learn different ways to take out some from your busy schedule and sweat out at least for 60 minutes regularly to cope with stress.

5. Limit your Cravings

People usually crave for unhealthy and sugary food items that worsen the condition even more by resulting in more stress. It’s a smart and healthy choice to prepare yourself before holidays approach so that you can control on eating sugary items that make you nothing but tired and sluggish.

Before going to eat out, eat some healthy snacks like fruits, oats, nuts, seeds, yogurts, etc.  so that you don’t end up on eating a large quantity of unhealthy food. If you can’t control on your sweet tooth, have healthy and natural sugar items like honey, coconut sugar, fruits, chemical-free juices, dry fruits, etc.

You have to avoid unhealthy eating habits because once they will start its problematic to stop it. It’s better to have some control over it before it becomes permanent to spend stress-free holidays.

6. Follow Your Heart

It’s absolutely normal if you don’t want to go for outing rather you would like to stay home and binge watch your favourite Netflix series. Be realistic and do what your heart says. Do not go out for a party just because everyone is doing rather ask yourself what actually makes you happy and stick to that.

Holidays are not about going to a fancy restaurants, eating expensive food or wearing pretty stuff, it’s about enjoying every moment that you can cherish for life.

7. Take Professional Advice

There are times even after making endless efforts we are unable to cope with our stress and remain anxious, upset, and feel terrible inside. It’s vital to look out for professional advice at this point of the situation. Visit your doctor or book appointment for mental health therapists to beat stress that occurs especially during the holiday season.

Final thoughts:

Don’t ever feel that you are the only one going through holiday stress as many people feel the same due to their increased financial issues and personal demands. With the recommended tips to beat stress and a positive mindset, you will surely learn how to minimize the angst and spend this precious time of the year with a smile on the face.

This new year, let’s make a promise to make a new resolution of acquiring every possible skill to stay happy, healthy, and stress-free throughout the year. Wishing you a happy and peaceful Holidays!

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