Winter Series Part 2
So, you have holiday cleaning and decorating covered. Now what? Unfortunately, being home for the holidays doesn’t always bring joy and happiness. For some people, it means weeks worth of anxiety and stress. Take a look at some facts regarding holiday stress and use our tips to beat it this year!
Holiday Stress Facts
If you’re stressing out over the holidays, you may be enduring headaches and insomnia and coping with excessive drinking and overeating. You’re not alone, though! Many people feel the exact same way. Discover some holiday stress statistics with our informative graphic:
What Causes Holiday Stress?
The reasons for holiday stress are different for everyone. However, the most common causes are the following:
- Loneliness — Many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is a type of depression that evokes the feelings of loneliness and emptiness. It often occurs in the winter months as a reaction to not getting enough sunlight and enduring the colder temperatures. The feelings can be enough to put a damper on anyone’s holiday.
- Dealing with Family — The holidays are one of the few times a year in which family and friends all come together to celebrate in one space. However, with so many personalities in a confined area like your home, it’s more than likely that some of them will clash. A lot of stress can come from the anticipation of personality clashes or dealing with the aftermath of clashes.
- Financial Issues — As people tend to spend more on holiday decorations, feasts, and gifts, they may be even more aware of the fact that they aren’t saving as much money as they usually do. In fact, many people may not be saving at all, or even dipping into their stocked savings to pay for holiday items. This can cause personal stress and relationship stress in marriages.
Holiday Stress Relief Tips
Learn how to control holiday stress while preparing your home for the holidays with these simple tips! Once you’ve found some relief, you can kick back and thoroughly enjoy the happiest season in your home.
Figure Out What Stresses You Out Most
If you’re stressed out over this holiday season, chances are that this isn’t the first time you’ve felt like this. Take some time to identify which parts of the holiday trigger your stress reactions. Once you’ve pinpointed the culprits, you can work to prepare yourself or manipulate certain situations to minimize your stress.
Stay Organized & Plan Ahead
If you’re not someone who stays organized regularly, this is the time to try! In order to help reduce anxiety over the holidays, it’s best to keep lists and plans for purchasing and wrapping gifts and hosting holiday parties. To help combat one of the most common causes of holiday stress, carefully considering your budget is also advised.
Take Time to Exercise
Not only does exercise help relieve tension in your body, it allows you to focus on things other than what’s stressing you out. Whether you take a fitness class or start jogging, exercise will keep your body and your mind moving. The added bonus is that it’ll help you maintain a healthy weight even if you indulge over the holidays!
Dedicate Time to Yourself
During the season of giving, you may forget to treat or take care of yourself. However, taking time for yourself is one of the main ways to you can reduce stress around the holidays. Take yourself on a shopping spree, schedule a spa day, or spend some quiet time in your freshly-decorated home doing something you love.
Don’t Be Afraid to Say No
When it comes to the holidays, there’s no shortage of parties and outings to attend. If you’re invited to any events that will cause you additional stress, politely decline the invite. It’s okay to say no, especially if you already feel overwhelmed. Pick and choose a couple of parties you’d like to attend and stick to those.