It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But the holidays can be very stressful as well. Things to do. People to see. So many expectations to make this holiday season the best one ever. Don’t let stress ruin your holiday fun.
The Mayo Clinic offers some suggestions to help us successfully cope and enable us to enjoy this special time of year.
- Set realistic expectations. Let go of the idea that the holidays have to be perfect or bigger and better than previous years. Enjoy time spent with loved ones, set new traditions, be flexible with what may happen. Live in the moment and be grateful for what we have.
- Plan ahead. Set aside time for shopping, baking and other activities. It will help us to feel more in control and more able to enjoy the special holiday moments.
- Stick to a budget. Financial stress is especially poignant this time of year. Expensive gifts are not important. It’s the thought that matters. Be creative. Make a homemade gift or donate to a charity in a loved one’s name.
- Take care of yourself. Take a short walk outside. Practice yoga. Just sit and breathe. Remember, we need to take care of ourselves before we can take care of others.
Have a happy and healthy holiday season!