Don’t let Stress overshadow your good cheer!

This time of year can trigger high levels of stress, and for the sake of our health (and our sanity) we must learn to manage the effects it can have on your body and mind.   The common culprits can range from excessive worry about planning the perfect Christmas party, buying the perfect or  even excitement around seeing family members that we haven’t seen in a while.  These can all trigger feelings of stress or fear within us.

The fact is, no matter what time of year, stress is inevitable. And although we can’t get rid of it completely, there are some things we can do to minimize or relieve us of its effects.  Here 3 tips to help you do just that this holiday season.

1. Plan Ahead

The saying “Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance” comes to mind. (Try to say that one five times fast).  One of the sure ways to find yourself overwhelmed during this time is by failing to plan ahead and trying to do it at the last minute.  Making time ahead of time to get organized around your responsibilities and tasks and setting a plan of action to gradually get things done is the best way to get things done  in a low-stress way.  Another way to lessen the burden is to delegate some of those tasks- Remember that you don’t have to do it all yourself and that it’s okay to get help or even take things off your list altogether.

2. Make Time for Self-Care

When you find your energy depleted from hours of Christmas shopping, or you find your emotions on 10 when you’re usually at a 5 as you’re preparing your holiday dinner, stop for a moment and do something that will bring you back to a place of calm and peace.  Whether that’s stopping by a coffee shop for a warming cup of tea if you’re out and about, or just finding a quiet space where you can sit for 2-5 minutes to close your eyes and breath. Intentionally taking time to step back and find your calm is a great way to manage stress and replenish your energy levels.  So find what works for you and do it whenever you find yourself overwhelmed by your holiday demands.   Even if it’s just for a few minutes, you’ll still feel the benefit.

3. Mind your Nutrition

The last thing you can do to manage holiday season stress and fatigue is to add-in more nutritious foods. Yes, of course!, enjoy the holiday treats and festivities, but remember to do so mindfully and to feed your body nutritious foods as well. Now, I get it, its cold outside and we seek comfort.  And what says comfort more than cookies, pies, and cakes right?  But the added sugar in most holiday treats can not only result in a sugar crash that’ll rob you of energy mid day but can also bring about feelings of stress and worry about the added weight that can come with over-consumption.  Try minimizing your desert portions, and doubling up on your veggies whenever you have the opportunity- these are easy places to start.

How do you cope with stress during the holidays? Leave a comment with your favorite tip(s) below.

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