Although the holiday season can be a fun time celebrating with family and friends, it also brings other feelings like stress to the table. Trying to balance schedules, planning menus, hosting or visiting family and sticking to a budget can be stressful. Here are some ways to make the most of the holiday season without the added stress.
Create a plan. Whether it is a plan for gift buying- what to buy and how much to spend, creating a schedule for where you are supposed to be and planning the menu or what you will be bringing, planning ahead will help you get a little more organized. It also helps you figure out if you can do anything ahead of time!
Make time for you. Exercise and healthy eating will give you more energy and allow you to de-stress. If you don’t have a chunk of time to exercise, break up the sessions- maybe 10 minutes, 3x day. Also, remember to rest. Get a good night sleep and try to stick to your normal schedule.
Start a new tradition. If cooking for 20 leaves you feeling anxious, assign some family members a side dish or appetizer. Our Thanksgiving tradition is allowing the “kids” (we aren’t really kids anymore) to bake a dessert and make it a competition- think bake- off. It’s fun for us, and takes the stress off my mom to make all of the desserts!
Give yourself a break. Take a few quiet minutes for rest and relaxation when you can. Listen to some music, take a few breaths or even go outside for some fresh air.
Lastly, remember to ENJOY the holiday season! If you have a great tip to reduce stress, let us know about it!
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