8 Ways to Enjoy a Stress-Free Holiday Season

The Holidays can be a wonderful time of year for us and our families. While it should be a time of joy celebrating and spending time with family, some of us overextend ourselves which leaves us with little or no energy to truly enjoy the season. The tips below will help you to de-stress and enjoy the holidays in a more relaxed, refreshed and peaceful state of mind. Cheers!

  1. Go Outside: If you are indoors most days, make a point to get outside for some fresh air and sunlight. Being outside and in nature have automatic calming effects. Stepping outside for a few minutes a day can be very uplifting.
  2. Take a Walk: Walk around the block, around your office building or to pick-up lunch. Walking reenergizes us and gets the blood pumping.  It gives you a few minutes of quiet time to take in the scenery and get an energetic boost.
  3. Do Less – Enjoy More: You don’t have to say “yes” to every party invite or happy hour. Keep your routine as close to normal as possible and say yes to the things you truly have the time and energy to do.
  4. Laugh Like Crazy: Plan a cozy night at home and watch your favorite comedy movie, or spend a low-key evening with a friend who always makes you laugh! Laughing is a wonderful way to relieve stress.
  5. Forget the “P” Word: Nobody is perfect. What matters most is that your celebration is fun and that you get to spend it with friends and family. Nobody will care if you’re home isn’t sparkling clean or if your dishes don’t match.  People will be happy and more relaxed if they see you enjoying yourself.
  6. Go Tech Free: I know that this is a big one! We are all practically glued to our phones. Let’s bring back true family meals that consist of talking and connecting. Leave your phone in your purse,  in your car or at home during important celebrations and parties.
  7. Don’t Overspend: Create a realistic Holiday spending budget that won’t leave you broke or with high credit card bills. Planning ahead will make a smooth transition into 2017 with money in your wallet!
  8. Start a New Tradition: Give back to your community. Find a local soup kitchen or food bank that you and your friends and family can volunteer your time. There are many people who are less fortunate, especially during the Holidays.

While the Holidays are joyous for most, the Holidays can be a difficult time for some. Remember to count your blessings and to be patient and kind with those that cross your path.

May your Holidays be festive and stress-free!