Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tips to relieve the Stress of the Holiday Season!

The holiday season is just around the corner, are you prepared?  No I am not talking about having your gifts bought, or your outfits for parties picked out.  I am talking about taking care of yourself, so that you can enjoy the holidays with little to no stress.   

Some of you are probably going what stress?  The holidays are times of good cheer and merriment with family and friends.  Yet, for many of us it is a time of stress, sensory overload, extended time and proximity to family, shopping, and I could go on, but the list would probably fill my entire blog post.  Which isn't the point.   

We each have our own stress triggers during this time of year, but do we all deal with the added stress in a healthy manner?   I know that for me personally it really depends on if I start early or not.   So this year I decided to start now, so the habits I try to maintain year round, will be firmly reinforced and in place before the holidays are in full swing.  

Tips to relieve holiday Stress and some of my reasoning behind them:

1.)  Don't be afraid to say NO to an invitation.
 "Gasp, from my readers"  Yes,  I say no to invitations during the holidays (actually all year round if truth be told, but that is a topic for  a different day).  The manners police isn't going to hunt you down for not accepting every invitation, that comes your way.

2.)  Schedule, quite time for yourself.  
Whether this is by yourself, with close friends or whatever.  Ok, I know it seems counter productive for me to suggest spending your quite time with friends, but we all have those friends whom don't cause us stress.  So spending time with them is peaceful in its own way.   Not sure what I mean?   Think about which friends you choose to spend your time through out the year.  The ones that if you received two voicemail message invitations, which one would be the yes without conscious thought. 

3.)  Get enough Sleep!!!
Stick as close to your normal sleeping pattern as possible, the Holiday Season is also cold and flu season, make staying healthy a priority.  I have been focusing on this one the last several years and last year I succeeded in making it through the entire holiday season without being ill.

4.)  Eat healthy!!!
No, I am not saying don't indulge in the holiday food fair, I like food too much to say that.  But by limiting the indulgence for the last several years, I have maintained my energy level and combined with number three  have stayed healthy during the holidays.

5.)  And my final tip Plan, Plan, Plan....
I am a planner by nature and I love lists, can't you
By planning ahead for gifts, shopping, travel, accommodations, etc.   The holidays will run smoother and hopefully with less stress and annoyances.    I say hopefully because the holidays are a time of year where interacting with others seems to be more challenging and we can only control our own reactions, not how others will react.

I want to stress I am not a medical professional!  The tips listed above are ones that have worked of me in the past.   Some of them may or may not work for you.  I am sharing in hopes that it makes you stop and think about how you handle your stress during the holidays.

How do you manage the holiday season? 

Enjoy your holidays!   Remember, Life is an Adventure are You Living yours...


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