Holiday Stress and How to Manage It
It’s that most wonderful time of the year again. Holidays around the corner. A season of joy, family time, tasty meals, nights filled with laughter and a good cheer. Nevertheless, for many of us this time of the year is also a time of holiday stress and exhaustion. With the end-of-the-year holiday season approaching, many people get overwhelmed by numerous demands, organization, gift shopping and all the hustle and bustle around the holidays.
Statistics say that only a few of people report no stress during the holiday season. According to a survey conducted by Healthline, a consumer health information site based in San Francisco, California in 2015, only 10% of people states they are under no stress during holidays.
On the other hand, avoiding stress during holidays seems to be impossible for many people. To lessen the pressure throughout this time of the year, we need to learn how to respond to stressful holiday situations in a healthy way.
Let’s look at the five most effective ways to cope with stress during the holiday time.
- Stay Organized
One of the best ways to minimize holiday related stress is to stay organized. Try to avoid the last-minute gift shopping for family and friends. Plan ahead instead. Reserve a particular day for gift and food shopping, decorating, baking and other pre-holiday and holiday activities. This way you will reduce last-minute duties that increase stress during holidays.
- Rationalize Your Budget
Plan your holiday budget and stick to it. Before you go shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend altogether. If you’re struggling with the finances, don’t spend irrationally. For example, instead of buying expensive gifts, give something handmade and original to your friends and family. Don’t buy unnecessary things that no one will use.
Furthermore, try not to buy excessive amounts of groceries. The stores will re-open a day or two after the holidays, you know.
- Acknowledge Your Feelings
The holiday season can be especially though time of the year for people who recently lost someone they loved. Grief during holidays makes people feel depressed and indifferent towards holiday festivities. It is normal to feel grief and be dispirited during the holiday season if you lost someone close recently. It is OK to express your feelings and let people know that you’re not up to it this year.
- Devote Some Time to Yourself
Spend some time alone during the holidays. Take a break from partying, entertaining friends and family and endless trips to the malls. Spending some time on your own during the holidays will help renew your energy you need for all those celebrations.
Spend some time doing things that usually help you relax, like reading a book, swimming, doing some exercise, going for a walk or getting a massage.
- Reach Out for Help
If you feel that you cannot handle stress during holiday season on your own, seek out therapy and counseling. It may be a good ideal to reach out for in-office or online counseling if the feelings of sadness, apathy or anxiety last long and affect your normal everyday functioning.
Holidays can be stressful, it’s true. However, this time of the year shouldn’t be something that makes you anxious. Following these five tips on how to manage stress during holidays can help you stay organized and positive. Remember, a little planning and a positive outlook can help you manage the challenges of the season and enjoy its true meaning.
-Guest Writer for Innovative Direction – Therapy Services