5 Easy Tips For Reducing Stress Over the Holidays

5 Easy Tips For Reducing Stress Over the Holidays

Stick to your regular routine, budget and know your limit. It can all help.

Stresssss! Most of us get our fair share of this lovely feeling during the winter holidays. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, the Winter Solstice, something else or nothing at all, there can be many get-togethers to attend and obligations to tend to that can make your mind run too fast.

How can you help your system relax? Here are 5 tips to try.

1) Keep Your Routine

As much as you possibly can, keep going to the gym, getting enough sleep, eating full meals and taking time to relax. Things can get hectic and staying in good health can make it all easier.

2) Write Things Down

Staying organized is a great way to limit your potential stress. Writing down your commitments in a calendar can help you keep track of an extra busy schedule and limit you feeling worried that you’ll forget something. Make lists! (Hey, Santa does it, so it must work).

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3) Stick to Your Budget (Do It!!)

For some people, this is one of the hardest things to do. But if you do it once, you’ll do it more often. The holiday season is the perfect place to start. Set your spending budget and be realistic. There’s nothing wrong with giving cookies as a gift, or nothing at all but your smile. Your friends and family will still love you, and appreciate your sense of responsibility.

4) Go Easy on the Alcohol

Festive drinks are fun. Being hungover the next day at work isn’t. Know your limit and try to stay within it.

5) Take Time Just for You

While it may seem like you should be thinking of others in the season of giving, there’s nothing wrong with taking an afternoon all to yourself. If you can swing it, buy something just for you, stay in and watch your favorite movie, read a book and take a bath and pamper, pamper, pamper.

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