Reduce Your Holiday Stress Levels Now
By Brandi Goodman
Before all the holidays finish and you're left feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and not actually joyful in any way, you should work to reduce your holiday stress levels now. It may be easier said than done in some instances, but finding ways to minimize your to-do list and finding the cheer in the season can help you make the most of it.
Make Time for the Outdoors
Getting some natural sunlight and enjoying time outdoors can work wonders for stress. When you're especially feeling overwhelmed or blue, head outside. Making time for the outdoors can help you enjoy a peaceful moment and soak up the beauty of nature around you. It can help you recharge so you feel better moving forward with your holiday tasks. Even a 5-minute break outside can be a huge help.
It may seem like an easy idea, yet so many people struggle to actually do less for the holidays. Too many think they have to go all out for Christmas, with extravagant decorations, tons of perfectly wrapped gifts, and a large feast for everyone to eat. The wrapping paper gets ripped anyway, so buy the cheap stuff. Better yet, grab some gift bags and forget wrapping at all.
Feel Free to Say "No"
You don't have to attend every holiday event you're invited to. That would bombard your already busy schedule. Say "no" to people when you truly don't have the time to go. Simply let them know you have another obligation that day and won't be able to make it. No one will condemn you for it.
Listen to More Music
While you're completing your holiday tasks that feel overwhelming, listen to upbeat music that puts you in a better mood. It will help mask the task more enjoyable and prevent you from feeling so stressed while completing it. Turn up your favorite Christmas tunes if that helps or stick with non-holiday music if you're tired of hearing it.
Use Your Vacation Days
Taking vacation time around the holidays helps lessen the load on your plate. If you don't have to clock in for a few days, it gives you more time to accomplish your holiday to-do list and spend time with your family. Even just one day off can be a huge help to allow you to get something done during the day instead of waiting until after you've worked and feel exhausted.
Don't let the stress that comes with the holidays overwhelm you. Do what you can to minimize it and enjoy the season that is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year.
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