5 Keys to De-stressing Holiday Stress

The Lead june 2016 - Lifetime Benefit Solutions

5 Keys to De-stressing Holiday Stress

Can you feel it? The Holidays are fast approaching. The fact is, this most wonderful time of the year can also be the most stressful. Shopping, entertaining – and more shopping – can quickly take their toll on even the most joyous of Santa’s helpers. A poll by the American Psychological Association shows that eight out of 10 people anticipate increased stress over the holidays – stress that can lead to depression.holiday stress tips

Fortunately, according to Healthline, there are several ways to minimize stress:

  1. Set a spending budget. To help prevent financial stress, review your finances, plan a budget and stick to it. You should not have to resort to credit card debt to pay for gifts. In fact, it’s a good idea to pay in cash for your gifts so you’re not tempted to charge anything you weren’t planning on buying.
  2. Exercise. Get 30 minutes of physical activity at least three times a week. And not just so you have energy for all day shopping trips (though that helps). Exercise is a great stress reliever and gives you endorphins that trigger positive feelings. Like Elle Woods said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy!”
  3. Set realistic goals. Not everything has to be “Martha Stewart” perfect. You don’t have to take on all the cooking and the decorating and gift wrapping yourself. Get your family involved. Don’t feel obligated to host events. It’s ok to say no!
  4. Make time for yourself. Holidays can be overwhelming with family, friends and gatherings. Schedule some quality alone time to clear your head and take a breath. Even 15 minutes can help.
  5. Agree to disagree. We love our family but we all have our differences. Pick your battles and set aside your differences for less anxiety.

 

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