Reducing Your Holiday Stress
By Brandi Goodman
Stress. We all know it. It's particularly high during the holidays for many people, causing feelings of inadequacy, times of worry, and thoughts of feeling like what we're doing isn't enough. Reduce your holiday stress with a few tips in mind for better mental health.
Write Notes Instead of Giving Gifts
You may not have a lot of money to spend on gifts, and that's OK. Write notes instead so you can let your loved ones know how truly appreciated they are. A meaningful note may mean much more to them than a generic gift anyone could have gotten.
Split Up Tasks
One member of the family shouldn't be responsible for any and all tasks related to the holidays. Split up the tasks so each person has a responsibility. It helps to work together to get things done and ensures the weight of everything isn't placed on one person's shoulders.
Learn When to Say Yes and When to Say No
There's no obligation of having to attend every single event you're invited to during the holidays -- or ever. Learn when to say yes and when to say no. For example, you might want to say yes to a family party but it's fine to say no to a co-worker's last minute get-together.
Get a Planner
Some sort of planner or pocketbook can help you to stay organized. This will help to keep your mind from running rampant worrying about what exactly it is you're supposed to be doing next and thinking you're missing something. Write down which dates and times you have something planned so you always know when and how to prepare. Lots of phones have a calendar that can be inputted with data like this for a reason.
Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is common during the winter months. Don't let the stress of the season cause you to fall further into a depressive state. Seek support when it's needed and find time to surround yourself with friends. Spend time laughing and enjoying the company of others. Make time for exercise as well -- perhaps with a friend, too.
You can improve your mental state this holiday season by working to reduce the amount of stress in your life. You don't have to do everything, and you certainly don't have to do everything perfectly. The season is for spending time with the ones you love, and that's all that really matters.
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