By DeVry University
December 7, 2022
7 min read
December 7, 2022
7 min read
They may call it “the season to be jolly” but with all the shopping, cooking, scheduling and family commitments, let’s face it─ the holidays can be overwhelming at times. You’ve probably found yourself asking, how can I enjoy the holiday season and make time for myself while managing holiday stress?
The good news is there are many ways to find balance and peace in the hustle of the holiday season. Follow these simple, holiday stress management practices to help keep things merry and bright.
Keep up with your therapy appointments
If you’re in therapy, don’t cancel sessions to make time for holiday activities. For some, the holidays can bring up difficult emotions. Those sessions provide an important, built-in block of time to explore them.
Find healthy coping mechanisms
When you need a break from your holiday to-do list, consider activities that help you find peace and encourage positive energy. Attend a yoga class, practice mindfulness techniques or make time for a favorite activity.
Let the sun shine in
Holiday stress can be compounded by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Taking a few minutes to walk outside in the sun can be an effective centering and calming tool during the season.
Set realistic expectations
Avoid disappointing feelings caused by over-examining the past year’s accomplishments. Get yourself out of a negative space by adjusting your expectations and setting more realistic goals for things like education, career advancement and fitness.
Listen to your favorite music. Give the jingle-bell variety a rest, keep it soothing and make it something reminiscent of good times.
Have a little more time? Watching a favorite movie can provide a simple escape, and a massage can make all that holiday stress melt away.
Read a few chapters of that book you’ve been neglecting. Immersing yourself in a fictional world, even briefly, is another way to escape from the stress-inducing demands of the day.
The holidays can be a stressful time of year for many of us. Following simple tips like these can keep you emotionally centered and physically better prepared to take on the season’s challenges and make wonderful new holiday memories with family and friends.
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