The last week of the year is often one of the most stressful for many people. While it’s full of good food, friends, family and tradition, there’s a lot crammed into that last little week. Here’s how to escape the holiday stress…
Some people wait all year for the holidays, and many of us wish we had started preparing for them months ago.
There’s so much involved during the holiday season – shopping, cooking, preparing holiday cards, parties, kids’ activities, concerts, recitals, travel and more. The to-do list gets bigger and bigger with each passing day.
So how do you keep stress to a minimum?
Focus on Gratitude
With all the focus on gift-giving, meal preparation, decorating and cleaning, it can be easy to forget the joy of the holiday season.
One of the best ways to not only keep stress at bay, but to relax and enjoy, is to consider the things you’re grateful for. It might even be all the people crammed into your guest rooms and sleeping on your family room floor!
Make a list of what you are thankful for and watch your stress float away.
Go for a Drive
Need to go to the store? Take a few extra minutes and go for a drive.
Play your favorite tunes and drive around and look at holiday lights and décor.
If there’s snow on the ground, take a look at the beauty of the snow against the trees. Find a scenic stop, pullover and just relax.
When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing quite like a cup of herbal or peppermint tea to soothe your mind.
We especially like peppermint tea because it tastes just like the holidays. It’s also a great way to start your day. It tastes refreshing and energizes you for the day ahead.
Take a Nap
Now, this could be a real nap, or it could be a code word for, “I just need a few minutes alone, please.”
If you have a crowded house through New Year’s, you really need to take some time for yourself. Whether it’s a 15-minute cat nap or just a few minutes of solitude, it can really help reduce your holiday stress levels.
Let Go of the Little Things
If your house a mess? Is dinner late? Don’t worry. These are little things.
Try to reduce your holiday stress by letting go of the little things. Once your holiday guests are gone, life will go back to normal, so try and enjoy your company in the present and don’t worry about life’s little messes.
Soak in Your Hot Tub
There’s nothing quite like a hot tub soak all by yourself. Grab a bottle of water, your favorite play list and a good book.
Soak and relax in your hot tub, and you’ll soon be feeling much better.
Give yourself the gift of some time alone. Whether it’s a quick walk around the neighborhood, a nice cup of hot tea with a good book or a soak in your hot tub, be sure to take some time for yourself. This will reduce your stress and leaving you feeling refreshed and energized for yet another day of holiday cooking!