The holidays are a magical time of year. There is a buzz in the air as everyone goes about their busy day. Christmas parties are in full swing and the decorations make normal December days that little bit more magical. The holidays can be a tough time for many and the extra pressure of the Christmas season can cause stress and anxiety.
Personally I have a job where Christmas is a very busy period and that adds to the holiday season stress. I’ve put together a few tips to manage and reduce stress over the holiday period.
Have a Plan
This is always my number one tip when it comes to reducing stress and anxiety. It’s so important to have a plan for everything especially Christmas. I like to plan everything from ensuring I put Christmas drinks, lunches and parties into my calendar so I don’t forget and placing reminders in early so I can be prepared.
Making lists for everything helps with the planning and getting everything done. I make lists for gifting, food I need to buy, any outstanding random tasks I need to do and of course my Christmas Wishlist. I would recommend the app Wunderlist to help with this, you can even assign tasks to others!
When I say ‘have a plan’ it’s important to do this early – you don’t want to add to the stress by trying to plan too late.
Make Time For Yourself
Time pressures over the Christmas period make every hour of the day seem shorter. A great way to reduce stress is to ensure you’re making time for yourself. Be fiercely protective of that time. You could set aside half an hour to read a book before you go to bed or book a massage leading up to Christmas. Whatever you choose some time for yourself can be really helpful.
Keep your workouts up
It’s incredibly easy to avoid the gym over the Christmas period. Everyone is busy and stressed so the promise of an hour of extra sleep is amazing. Getting out of the house and working out will kick those endorphins right up and help you manage that stress!
Try and stick to your eating plan
This is one of the most difficult things to do over Christmas. So many catered events, parties and Christmas treats that arrive in the mail. I think this is one of those things where you just have to try your hardest and don’t beat yourself up too much if you slip up now and then.
Enjoy the Holidays
Taking a moment to enjoy the little things once every day will ensure you appreciate the holiday season more. You can do this by taking five minutes once a day to write a note of gratitude, you could even download a mindfulness app and participate in some of the guided mindfulness exercises to ensure you’re centred and living in the moment. You’ll find this reduces stress and ensures you can take a moment to enjoy the Holiday season.
I’m sure you have some great stress reduction tips – let me know your best tips in the comments below!