Holiday Stress


The holiday season is in full swing and it seems like these next few weeks will be just a blur for us.  There’s Thanksgiving dinner to be made, shopping for gifts, and parties to attend just to name a few. It’s true that the holidays can be stressful, but it doesn’t always have to be. This year you can better handle the stress with these tips.

Set your game plan.  Be realistic with all your holiday plans by taking an overview look at your calendar. When it comes to holiday events, you’ll enjoy the season more when you make plans selectively. Your family and friends will understand if you cannot be at every gathering or activity. You can enjoy more quality time with your loved ones and create holiday memories that will last beyond the holiday season.

Know when to say no. It’s easy to say ‘yes’ to everyone, but in the end its affects you both mentally and physically. I know this feeling through experience because I always want to do everything I can for those around me. Overwhelming yourself with more responsibilities doesn’t help you or the person you’re trying to help. Be realistic and set your limits accordingly this holiday season in terms of your time and effort.

Don’t take on any additional financial burdens. We all want to give the latest and greatest gifts to our loved ones, but ask this question…“At what price?” Taking on additional financial burdens will not only affect you now but also later when debt payments continue. I have found that making a clear outline on what you would like to achieve helps you spend within reason and also shows careful consideration. There are always alternatives to spending money and giving gifts. As a society, we are hypnotized to buy everything on sale but if you take a step back and reconsider your ultimate goal you can shop wisely.

Ask for help. Always remember, the holiday season is about spending time with your friends and family. Don’t overwhelm yourself with doing too much. Instead, spend your time with your family and friends. For instance, if you’re hosting dinner for your family, ask them to come early and help with decorations and preparing the table.

Take care of yourself. Sometimes we try taking on so much that we forget that we’re still human. Take 15 minutes to yourself and find a quiet place and meditate. By doing this, you’ll feel refreshed and energized and ready to take on the rest of your day.

Most important of all, take the time to pause and remember, each day is precious; cherish the time you have.

– Giorgina R.

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