What You Can Do Now to Keep Stress Low This Holiday Season

Reduce Holiday Stress

The holidays are just around the corner, and that sentence alone probably spiked some serious stress in a lot of you. We get it, the holidays, as great as they can be, can also be a stressful mess if we’re not careful. To avoid stress-related symptoms and a complete burnout, it’s worth it to take a few easy steps now to help keep your stress levels low when the holidays roll in and your company arrives. After all, we all know that stress can be a contributing factor to what causes heart disease.

Acknowledge Your Feelings

First things first, ignoring your stress levels never ends well. You’re stressed, and that’s totally ok. It’s normal to feel a little (or a lot) more hectic this time of year. Just breathe in, acknowledge that you’re feeling a little haywire, and move forward. Without calling it what it is, you’ll never be able to get a good handle on your holiday stress. It’s not worth the denial to run the risk of a total breakdown.

Let Things Be Imperfect

Now, it’s time to get down to the big one. No matter how hard you try, chances are things will not go off without a single hitch this holiday season. It’s just the nature of the beast for something, somewhere along the line to go at least a little bit off course. One of the best things you can do to reduce holiday stress when it goes down is to just let it be. Imperfections may seem like the end of the world, especially in today’s society where everything LOOKS picture perfect online all the time, but that’s never actually the case. Some of the best memories come from the mess up moments, so remember to go with the flow and allow yourself grace when your “perfect” plan requires adjusting.

Prepare Early

Hey, there’s a reason we’re offering these tips up so soon – because getting as much ready ahead of time as possible is another great way to manage stress when the holidays loom near. Whatever early prep looks like for you, make sure to get it out of the way as soon as you can, to keep your to-do list much more manageable and avoid “mad dash days” before the holiday itself. Nothing’s worse than trying to find canned pumpkin the day before Thanksgiving, right?

Don’t Ditch Healthy Habits

You’ve been working on your health all year long – why derail it now? Stress can make it easy to think indulging in those extra cookies or slices of pie is the right choice, but remember the discipline that kept your health at top priority all year long, and focus on that as the traditional holiday temptations pop up. Stick to your nutrition plan and get in workouts when you can, even if it’s just a walk with family around the block. Keeping your health in the driver’s seat amidst all the madness will keep your stress in check, and who couldn’t use an extra dose of endorphins this time of year?

Heeding these tips won’t make the holidays completely painless or stress-free – they are still the holidays, after all – but if you keep these things in mind as the days on the calendar seem to fly by, you’ll be in a much better position to enjoy the time you have with loved ones and keep the stress (and your blood pressure) in check.