The holidays isn’t always an easy time for some people. Some are missing loved ones who have passed away. Others get super stressed about the holidays and everything that has to be done. Let’s face it, there’s so much to be done. Just to name a few parties to attend, children’s programs at school, shopping to be done, office parties and family get-togethers.
All of those combined can cause some to have a panic attack or be super stressed. I’d like to give some tips on how to beat the stress or at least reduce it a little bit.
- Learn to say no. You can’t do it all, so don’t feel bad if you need a break. Be polite and turn them down for a party or something else you can’t attend. We all have out limits.
- Plan ahead. Take the time to sit down and plan everything that has to be done or things you have to attend. This way you’ll know in enough time what must be done before you go and such.
- The things that can be passed onto someone else to help you do, do it. If you have kids, have them help you. They’ll love that you’ve thought of them and most will want to help you out.
- Take a walk. Get out in the fresh air to take a walk or go to the gym. Exercise goes a long way in helping to relieve stress.
- Shop early. This might be a little too late for this one, but try and get your shopping done early in the holiday season, so you’re not rushing. Maybe, next year, start early in the year. Buy little things here and there and have them around, then you’ll be done quicker.
- Pamper Yourself. Take time out for yourself. Don’t get so stressed that you forget out yourself. It can be as simple as reading a book, a bubble bath or watching a favorite movie. This will help to relieve stress.
I hope these tips help you to beat the stress this holiday season. Do you have any tips to share? Post a comment below with them, I’d love to hear about them.
Allyson is a published author, blogger, wife and mom to 4 kids. Three of her children are on the autism spectrum. She suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. On her blog you can find her writing about being an author, her faith and family. She resides in Missouri with her loving husband and four wonderful children, and three cats. She’s addicted to knitting and coffee.