Tips for a Stress-Less Holiday

The holidays bring plenty of joy and togetherness, but it can also bring stress. Whether it’s shopping in a crowded mall, attending family gatherings or working extra hours to have time off during the holidays, stress can rear its ugly head during what should be a festive time of the year!

Follow these tips to help minimize stress: 

  • Get enough sleep. Seven to eight hours is recommended each night for adults. 
  • Exercise. If you can’t maintain your normal workout routine due to holiday engagements, take a short walk or climb the stairs in your house.
  • Manage your time. Decide what your priorities will be and kindly decline everything else. Avoid last-minute tasks and plan ahead as much as possible. 
  • Simplify expectations. Don’t expect everything to be perfect or to run smoothly. 
  • Seek to serve others.  Volunteer during the holiday season, doing something for someone else will make you feel good.
  • Decorate together.  Enlist your family to help decorate the house. By making it a family activity, you’re not doing all the work and you’re getting to spend more time with your family. 
  • Give yourself the gift of wellness. Dedicate time each day to relaxing, meditating, enjoying good music and eating well.
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