Sometimes mixed in the anticipation and joy and excitement over the holidays, a bit of stress can creep in and wreak havoc with our Holiday Zen! We really shouldn’t worry though. I honestly don’t remember if the house I was celebrating at was messy or clean or if all the dishes were perfect. I do remember if I enjoyed myself and laughed with family and friends! This season, we really hope you will try to take some of the anxiety out of the many gatherings and truly enjoy the moments. Here are a few tips to help de-stress and unwind should you find yourself with a few nerves jangled!
1) Music: It does sooth the savage beast and nothing is more savage than stress. Create a favorite play list. It doesn’t have to be Christmas music, maybe it shouldn’t be! Whatever gets you ‘feeling groovy’ and lifts your spirit. We all have our favorites and it’s so easy now with all the new technology to create the perfect mix. Crank it up and ‘be happy’!
2) Make a list: And check it twice – Santa knows what he’s doing. Getting some organization into the craziness is a great way to lower the stress level. Take a few minutes, think about what you need for Thanksgiving, what it is going to take to accomplish it, and BE REALISTIC. We don’t have to do everything. Use that same tactic for Christmas or Hanukkah or whatever holiday you are celebrating. Delegating a few items on that list is also a great idea.
3) Less is more: Think of your top three favorite traditions and make sure they are included in your celebrations. Anything else is a bonus and not to be stressed over.
4) Get Moving: As mentioned previously – turkey trotting can help relieve stress. Physical activity is a natural stress reducer. Go for a walk, play with the kids or pets, dance to that favorite music mix you created a few tips back. You will feel better, calmer and more ready to take on the festivities.
5) Rest: Seems like an oxymoron in this instance. So much to do, so little time. However, if you are rested you can accomplish more and you can do it with an air of calm. Just speaking for myself here, but lack of sleep has ruined more moments than I care to remember (and admit). Try, try, try to get to bed at a decent time, make notes on that list you created so you can relax knowing it’s on your list and you will get to it. Now you are free to get some Zzzzs!
BONUS: Closing off doors to those rooms you are not going to use. You don’t have to clean everything.
What are your tips for de-stressing over the holidays?