We loved this list from Forbes that gave 6 unique ways to reduce holiday stress. Not just your typical “take some time to exercise” but things that are specific to this time of year that can really be beneficial to improving your stress levels during this stressful time of year.
- Take time to breathe.
Make sure you schedule some time to stop what you’re doing, take a few deep breaths, and
Schedule time in your calendar to stop what you’re doing, take a few deep breaths and ‘recalibrate’ your emotional barometer.
- Quit thinking about what you “should” be doing.
All the “shoulds” of the holidays and unrealistic expectations are many times what causes a lot of stress and conflict – “we should all get along” or “everyone should be home for Christmas morning”. If you let go of how things “should” be and take the season as it comes, many stressors might go away.
- Create New Traditions
Sometimes traditions outgrow themselves and its time for new ones! Going along from #2, don’t be a slave to a tradition that just doesn’t work for you and your family anymore just because you “should”.
- Give thoughtful gifts or experiences.
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- Express more gratitude.
Expressing gratitude or paying a compliment to a loved one (or stranger for that matter) takes little effort on your part but might make someone’s day, and brings a smile to both of your faces.
- Have fun!
The holidays are supposed to be fun! So dress up in crazy holiday clothes, have a family talent show, or throw a family game night!
Whatever you do, or don’t do, this holiday season, just remember that it’s a wonderful time to be around family and friends, and be thankful for the people in our lives.