5 Ways to De-stress Your Holiday Season
Roughly 20 percent of us are worried that holiday stress will negatively affect our health, and more than a third of us will turn to food or alcohol to cope. On the upside, nearly half of us attempt to use exercise and/or spiritual activities to relieve stress.
These statistics suggest that we're aware of the situation. So why is it such a problem? Probably because we roll them into one big mess in our heads and allow it to paralyze us, causing us to be reactive instead of proactive. Another factor is articles like this one (but not this one, of course). Most of them advise us not to spend more than we can afford, to get some exercise, or to spend some time by ourselves, or any number of activities that if we could do, we wouldn't be stressed out in the first place. Basically, they just add to our already skyrocketing stress level!
So let's reshuffle the deck and come up with some new ways to take the edge off
2. Remember what the season is supposed to be about. The holiday season is about embracing family and friends, not being beholden to them or showering them with gifts you can't afford. The commerciality of Christmas has caused our society to lose focus on what really matters. Since nearly half of us turn to spirituality to help combat holiday stress, we're already trying. But it can take more focus than just going to church. It helps to focus on believing that the holidays are about people and relationships, and not stuff. Doing this can help you realize that the last thing your friends and family want from you is something that would add strain to your life. They just want to spend time with you.
4. Get cocky (or at least confident). What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and how many holiday seasons have you survived so far? No matter how bad things seem to be, you are going to get through it. And you know it, too, because you've done it before. You do it every year. No matter how broke, how tired, or how busy you are, or how many family members you never want to see again are descending on your abode, you're going to survive, and come January 1st, you'll be right back to doing whatever you were doing before it all began. You know you can—and will—make it through, so why worry?
What are you doing do DE-STRESS?