The holiday season can be a wonderful time of year, and it is supposed to be a time for fun, family and relaxation. However, for many people the holidays can be the most stressful time of the year.
There are many things that a person can do to avoid stress and put the joy back in the season. Here are a few tips to take the edge off of holiday stress.
Let there be light: Because holidays fall in November and December, it gets darker earlier and there is less sunlight. The lack of light can create a gloomy atmosphere, which creates sadness and stress. To avoid low light gloominess, try going out in the morning for a walk in the sun, opening up the curtains to let the sunlight in, and turning on more lights around the house.
Plan out your shopping route and buy presents early: Nothing adds stress to the holiday season like franticly running from store to store trying to complete your shopping list. To make the shopping experience less stressful, use a program like MapQuest to plan out the most efficient route to do your gift shopping. Additionally, make sure to do your gift shopping early, and preorder or reserve hot ticket gift items. Don’t expect to stroll into a store on Dec. 23 without a preorder and walk out with a copy of the hottest new video game.
Plan holiday dinners ahead of time and don’t go overboard: Make sure that you have already planned out what dishes to serve and know how many people will be attending to avoid stress. Don’t bite off more than you can chew by trying to cook all kinds of fancy dishes, that can only causes stress. Rather than trying to cook many complicated dishes, try cooking a few favorites instead. Sometimes simpler is better.
Don’t try to make everything perfect: As much as you may want to make the holiday perfect, you will only stress yourself out if you fixate on getting every detail right. Holidays will never turn out exactly the way they are planned, so the best thing to do is prepare, relax and carpe diem (seize the day).
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