Managing Holiday Stress
Studies have shown that the Holiday season can be one of the
most stressful. People get anxious about getting the right
presents for their friends and family members, fixing the
right meals, getting to Church on time – and for some,
memories of childhood experiences can creep up and cause
some distress. Here are a few hints to not merely survive
the season, but enjoy it:
Take care of yourself
The best way to relieve stress is to live a healthy lifestyle. That
includes good exercise, regular and adequate sleep and balanced
meals. The reason why these three things work? Aerobic exercise helps
burn off the excess energy that stress can produce. Sleep helps us
tackle problems in a refreshed state. And good nutrition, including
fruits, vegetables and lots of water (not too much alcohol or
caffeine!), keeps your body tuned and strong.
Manage your time
Set realistic goals and deadlines and plan activities accordingly. Do
"must do" tasks first. Schedule difficult tasks for the time of day
when you are most productive. And finally, tackle easy tasks when you
feel low on energy or motivation.
Take time off
Take time to rest or enjoy a long weekend. During the day, take short
breaks to stretch, walk, breathe slowly and relax. Also, learn to set
your limits and, when necessary, say "no" to additional tasks in a
friendly but firm manner.
Choose your battles
Don't argue every time someone disagrees with you. Save your argument
for things that really matter.
I hope these hints help, and I wish you and yours a happy, safe Holiday season!