When Stress is at its Peak it can be hard to Stop. Try to Reduce Unneeded Pressure with these 4 Simple & Easy Tips to Reduce Strain this Holiday Season.
1. Be realistic. The holidays don't have to be perfect. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. For example, if you are used to a family get together, but this year not everyone can make it, find new ways to celebrate together, such as meeting up before or after the holidays or sharing pictures and videos via email.
2. Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can't participate in every project or activity. If it's not possible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time.
3. Don't abandon healthy habits. Don't let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt.
Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don't go overboard on sweets, pastries or drinks. Get plenty of sleep, incorporate regular physical activity into each day.
4. Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm: 1. Taking a walk at night and stargazing. 2. Listening to soothing music. 3. Getting a massage. 4.Reading a book.
Don't let the holidays become something you dread. Instead, take steps to prevent the stress that can descend during the holidays. Learn to recognise your holiday triggers, such as personal demands, so you can combat them before they lead to a meltdown. With a little planning and some positive thinking, you can find peace and joy during the holidays.