This is a season of thanksgiving and a time for fun with loved ones!

While this is true for many of us, it can also be a time of great stress for many others.

The demands of the holiday shopping, cooking, travel, house-guests, family reunions, and office parties, more shopping and extra financial burden can be very stressful.

As you begin this holiday season, here are some tips to get through the holiday season happily, as well as ways to prevent unnecessary stress and misery for yourself and your loved ones.

 

7 Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress

  1. Be reasonable with your schedule. Do not overbook yourself into a state of exhaustion–this makes people cranky, irritable, and depressed.
  2. Decide upon your priorities and stick to them. Organize your time.
  3. Don’t expect the holidays to be just as they were when you were a child. They NEVER are. YOU are not the same as when you were a child, and no one else in the family is either.
  4. Plan unstructured, low-cost fun holiday activities: window-shop and look at the holiday decorations. Look at people’s Christmas lighting on their homes, take a trip to the countryside, etc.–the opportunities are endless.
  5. If you drink, do not let the holidays become a reason for over-indulging and hangovers. This will exacerbate your depression and anxiety. Contrary to popular opinion, alcohol is a depressant. Alcohol is a depressant. People with depression shouldn’t drink alcohol”, says Sherry Rogers, MD, in her 1997 book on “Depression.”
  6. Give yourself a break; create time for yourself to do the things YOU love and need to do for your physical and mental wellness: aerobic exercise, yoga, massage, spiritual practices, taking long fast walks or any activity that calms you down and gives you a better perspective on what is important in your life.
  7. Most of all, if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed: The choice is always yours: The sky is partly sunny, and the glass is half full and revel in our gratitude for our bounty, health, hope, and our courage to face each day with hope and determination.”