Christmas, Hanukkah, and other holidays that happen this time of year are full of wonder for people of all ages. We decorate, exchange gifts, hold lavish feasts, and gather together this time of year to be with our families.
While many of us love and look forward to the holidays, it is also a time of great stress. Picking the perfect Christmas present, getting the shopping done, planning the menu, or for some trying to figure out how to afford it all, means a lot of burden for some people.
If you’re feeling stressed by the holidays, we have a few tips to help you feel better and enjoy the holidays more.
One of the reasons why holiday stress can be so overwhelming is that we tend to say “Yes” a lot more when we should realistically say “No.” If you find yourself frantically trying to get the house clean, do the holiday shopping, wrap presents, and do a zillion different holiday parties, events, and activities, you’ll quickly feel overwhelmed.
Set boundaries on your spending as well. If the list for Santa is filled to the brim with high tech, thousand dollar gifts, give yourself permission to say no to all of them if necessary. Choose gifts your family will like, but you can also afford. It may be useful to set a budget before you begin shopping, so you know right away what you can and cannot afford.
Decide what you realistically can and can’t do with time as well. This might mean declining a holiday party or allowing some dust to be part of your holiday celebration, but you’ll likely feel less stressed. If you can, delegate some of your work load to other people. Your children may be able to help with the cleaning, and your spouse can certainly wrap a present or two.
If you feel stressed or overwhelmed by something, say no. The holidays are a time of joy, and if you’re feeling dread, something is wrong.
Your mood is also greatly effected by how you feel. If you are tired or sick you’re not going to be in a festive mood. Stay on top of your healthy by exercising, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep. This is of course, particularly hard around the holiday season. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t do it, but augment your lifestyle when ever possible with healthy options.
Another trick to feeling your best is to keep your immune system strong and healthy. Bee propolis is an easy way to give your body that little boost. This natural immune booster can help prevent you from getting sick, so you can get the holiday tasks done without feeling poorly.
Holidays are stressful, but they don’t have to rob you of all your joy. Placing limits on yourself and what others can ask of you will help you feel more comfortable and at ease with the holidays, and make them enjoyable for everyone—including yourself.