While the songs may say that this is the happiest time of the year, it can sometimes be the most stressful time of the year. With holiday parties and traditions – cards to send out, gifts to purchase, and meals to cook – the holiday season can feel overwhelming. The stress of the season can often be very difficult for anyone to deal with. Here are some things that you can do to ease holiday stress and even prevent it in the first place.
Remember that You Have the Ability to Say No
When friends and family invite you to activities, it can be so tempting to say yes to everything so that you don’t disappoint anyone. Choose what events you really want to go to and politely decline others that just fill up your schedule.
Make Gift Giving Simple
Holiday shopping is always difficult, dealing with the busyness and the stress of deciding on the perfect gift for everyone in your family. Instead of giving gifts to everyone, perhaps you can give your friends and family an experience instead. Maybe you can all go ice skating together or go to a carol sing-along or attend a musical performance. This way you don’t need to have the stress of finding gifts for everyone, but your family and friends will have memories that they will always cherish.
Take Time for Yourself
Family and friends often surround us during this season, which can be so welcoming but you often don’t get a moment to just relax by yourself. Make sure that you carve some time out of your schedule to do something that you enjoy doing on your own that will ease your stress. This way, you have time when you can relax and just be calm.
If you know that you will have a difficult time dealing with the holiday stress, talk with your therapist so that you can work through ways that you can manage the stress you are feeling.