5 Tips to De-Stress this Holiday Season

The holiday season may be the most wonderful time of the year for some, but many people actually find their stress increases during the holidays for many reasons. The commercialism and hype of the holidays, tight finances, juggling other responsibilities, and the pressures of shopping, cooking, and hosting are some examples of why it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Here are 5 tips to help you relax, de-stress, and make the most of your holiday season without getting burned out.

1. Plan and Prioritize

The key to reducing stress around the holidays is planning. Start by making a to-do list and prioritize tasks. Break them down into smaller, manageable steps and set aside time for each one. Having a clear plan can help you stay organized and reduce last-minute stress.

2. Set Realistic Expectations

It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of creating a picture-perfect holiday but remember that perfection is not the goal. Set realistic expectations for yourself and your family. It’s ok to say no and set boundaries. Understand that not everything will go perfectly, and that’s okay. Embrace the imperfections and cherish the moments spent with the people you love.

3. Get Enough Rest

The best thing you can do during this busy time of year is to prioritize your physical and mental health. Make time for self-care activities that help you relax and feel good. Take a walk, get some fresh air, or enjoy a warm bath. Taking care of your well-being is an important step in managing holiday stress.

4. Manage Your Finances

Financial worries are common during the holidays, especially with the added expenses of gifts, decorations and special meals. Set a budget and stick to it. Consider thoughtful homemade gifts that cost less and don’t feel pressured to overspend.

5. Ask for Help

You don’t have to do everything on your own. Share the holiday responsibilities with family members or friends. Share the tasks of decorating, cooking, and planning. Asking others to pitch in not only lightens your load but also creates opportunities for quality time together.

The holidays should be a time of connection and celebration. Prioritizing self-care, setting boundaries, being careful about spending, and staying organized can go a long way in helping you enjoy a more relaxed and joyful holiday season. Also remember that it’s ok to ask for help and to reach out to Vivent Health for professional assistance if you’re feeling overwhelmed or dealing with holiday-related stress and anxiety. Help is just a phone call away!