Are you feeling overwhelmed by the ongoing planning, preparation and spending associated with the holiday season? Unfortunately, the holidays oftentimes take a turn from feelings of exuberance and joy to feelings of stress and anxiety. And money is often a big player in the stress.
If you are feeling conquered by the Christmas chaos, consider these five coping mechanisms.
How to deal with stress this holiday season
1. Recognize how you are feeling, and what may be the cause. It is okay to take time to acknowledge your feelings.
2. Reach out to friends and family, religious events, or your community. Getting involved in social activities can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time is a good way to lift your spirits and help out your neighbors!
3. Set a budget and stick to it. Decide how much you can afford to spend before you start spending. Overspending on gifts, holiday food and decorations can take a toll on your emotional well-being. Budgeting can help you to set limits, and prevent feelings of guilt associated with spending too much.
4. Plan ahead. It's necessary to go into the holidays with a plan of action. Know what you will bring to your friends' parties, and make it affordable. Make lists of who is on your holiday gift-list, and other holiday food and decorations that you will need. Knowing exactly what and how much you need can help take away some of the stress when you shop.
5. Learn to say no, and stick to your healthy habits! Abandoning your healthy habits and overdoing it on the goodies can be a source of stress for many people. Instead of overindulging in the delicious holiday feast and treats, try to remain within your limits so you don't feel guilty afterward!
If you need to take a breather, do so! Take an hour or two for yourself. Read a book, listen to soothing music, get a massage, or take a walk!
Enjoy the holidays! Be young and stress-free!