Stress Relief: 5 Ways to Break Stress for the Holidays
1. Plan your meal early.
Since the meal is one of the most important things during the holiday season, planning what you will eat will give you the freedom to concentrate on other things. Just make a list of all the items you wish to have at the table and what ingredients you will need to make them. This simple task will save you so much time and money.
2. Make a list of additional things needed.
Once your food list is complete, create a list of all the things that you will need to make the festivities more creative. For example, decorate the table with a turkey tablecloth, napkins with leaves on them for Thanksgiving and/or wrap fake gift boxes to sit around the room for holiday special effects. No matter what the idea, write down your list of supplies to relieve your holiday stress and worry.
3. Set money aside.
Holidays bring joy, but your going to spend lots of extra money. If you live on a spending budget, the holidays are usually the time you get into financial trouble. Remember this, don’t get so caught up in the sentiment and emotions of the holiday season, that you forget to take care of your responsibilities. Holidays are a great time to get tempted to overspend on unnecessary items. Do yourself a favor and start putting the money aside… Today! The more you save the more peace you will feel during the holidays.
4. Wear comfortable clothes.
Most of us gain an extra 5 pounds during the holiday season, just by looking at all the good food… (I’m joking). Seriously, holidays are a time to kick back, relax and enjoy each other, so why not wear clothing that will allow you to enjoy yourself and not restrict you from doing what you want to do. It doesn’t have to be the food that makes you want to stay comfortable, you could decide to play Twister with the children or practice a dance move on the “Wii” game. You never know. Just dress for comfort and style, so you can eat and have a good time.
5. Delegate small tasks.
Even though you would like to handle everything yourself, it pays to ask others for their help. Of course, you’ve got to be accountable for the people you ask, but it works out nicely when others can lend a helping hand. At the same time, holiday stress can lead to serious health conditions and diseases, like high blood pressure, obesity and depression; if left undetected. So, make this holiday the best you’ve had in years by getting others to pitch in wherever you need the help.