Holiday Stress Tips
Does holiday stress cause you more hassles than hurrahs?
If holidays are a cause of stress for you then these holiday stress tips give you the stress-free holiday that you both need and want.
Nicole a mother of two says, "I often feel like a pressure cooker around holiday time, I'm about ready to blow my top at the end of them"...."the traffic jams, more debt, entertaining the children and relatives...it just wipes me out!"
Are you dreaming of that stress-free holiday?
Make your dream into reality with these stress relief tips.
Let's face it....holidays are supposed to be a time of rest, relaxation, and fun but sometimes it can just be hard work.
The key to getting a grip on holiday stress is to recognize your triggers and then use stress management techniques to take control.
Your holiday triggers and causes of stress
Cramming shopping trips to the mall, office parties, and family get-togethers into an already VERY crowded schedule....does this sound like your holiday season?
Holidays can be stressful with a change or routine and so much going on. To maximize your chance of a stress-free holiday it is important to recognize your signs of stress.
There are three main causes of stress around holiday season. These include:
Relationship stress in the holiday season
Holidays are a time for family and friends to take time out and spend time with each other.
But it can be a time of heightened levels of tension that can be a fertile ground for misunderstandings.
This can create a battleground of friction and conflict as the different personalities of family members are brought together for a couple of days.
Alternatively, the holiday period can be a lonely and sad time if you are without a loved one or friends.
Holiday season can take its toll on your finances
Spending on gifts, entertainment, and travel can take its toll on your finances.
If you find that the mall is putting up next year's decorations before you have paid off your credit card then you may be under financial stress.
Financial stress is not just limited to dollars and cents!
This is one of the biggest causes of stress and can lead to depressive symptoms such as feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
No time and a to-do list as long as your arm
With shopping to do, meals to prepare, and social gatherings to attend...the holiday season can leave you wiped out.
With little spare time and feelings of exhaustion, you can become more frustrated and stressed, perpetuating a cycle of increasing stress.
Holiday stress tips for a stress free holiday
Now that we have discussed the main causes of stress in the holiday season, here are some ways to take control of stress so that your holidays have more hurrahs than hassles.
Take time out. Holidays can leave you exhausted and taking time out is important.
Four week holidays are a time of the past. The population now takes shorter holidays and crams more into them!
This can be a recipe for increased stress.
Make sure not to over-plan your holidays...give yourself adequate time for rest and relaxation.
Also, incorporate some of these family stress management tips throughout the holiday season.
Try to create the space for spontaneity, fun, and recuperation!
Exercise. Do you eat more throughout the holiday season?
Silly question huh? I always put on a few pounds over the break.
Exercise helps you to ward off fat and is a great way to relax your body and cleanse your mind.
Exercise reduces stress by ridding the body of accumulated stress products.
Exercise also gives you a natural boost of energy and elevates your mood through endorphins - your body's natural feel-good chemicals.
These exercise and stress tips help you to remain motivated to reach your exercise goals.
Get enough sleep. Holidays can involve partying, catching up with friends and a change in your routine.
Sleep can be put on the back-burner!
The more tired you get, the more susceptible to stress you become.
This makes getting enough sleep important for your holiday stress.
Plan ahead. Nothing creates more stress than last-minute shopping expeditions or holiday bookings.
Planning ahead and setting aside time each day for yourself and quality time with your family and kids can reduce holiday stress.
Flip your thinking Your thoughts influence your feelings!
If you have a negative outlook then you are more likely to be stressed and depressed.
These positive thinking tips increase your skills for coping with holiday stress.
Have realistic expectations. The expectation of the perfect holiday can be stressful.
The "everything must be right" attitude can create an unrealistic expectation and undue pressure for the perfect holiday.
Counter this type of holiday stress by accepting that situations can be out of your control and that perfection is "idealistic" rather than "realistic".
These cognitive therapy tips may be beneficial for you.
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