Holiday stress is something that turns a time of year that should be joyful into something that is dreaded and emotionally traumatizing. Most of the problem develops from being overwhelmed by the pace of the holiday season, as the season is marked with extra financial burdens, extra housework, extra shopping and extra socializing. In order to survive this holiday season you need to learn how to manage your holiday stress.
Pay Attention to Your Health
All the extra stress that comes with the holidays can really impair your immune system. This impairment can make your more susceptible to illnesses, like the flu. To help preserve your health you need to pay close attention to what you are eating and to the amount of exercise that you are getting.
Proper nutrition during the holiday season can help you to avoid gaining holiday weight and it can also help your body to deal with holiday stress. Getting daily exercise will also help to keep you healthy and to reduce your holiday stress levels. A great way to reduce holiday stress is to simply take 30 to 60 minutes to go for a walk, to take an exercise class or to lift weights.
Manage Your Time
One of the reasons why you get stressed during the holidays is that your schedule gets overbooked with things that you need to do. You can reduce your holiday stress by simply managing your time more aggressively. Plan out all of the things that you need to get done and do not leave everything for the last minute. Also, try to give yourself at least 15 minutes a day to just relax and soak in some peace and quiet. Use your watch to time your break.
During the holidays your exposure to stress increases dramatically. The streets are overcrowded, the stores are overcrowded and the noise and visual stimulation that you are exposed to is magnified with holiday decorations and music. With all of these stressors competing for your attention it is no wonder why you feel so crazy during the last two months of the year. To manage your holiday stress you can limit your exposure to holiday madness. You can do this by planning your shopping during hours that are less crowded and by limiting the number of trips into town that you make.