Holidays and Stress
Every single person has experienced events that cause different types of stress. No one is immune to this intense feeling. But, when the holiday season pops up, so does the level of stress that many experience.
If you have felt any of the following, it's probably safe to say that you are already dealing with some form of stress:
â€˘ You might feel cranky
â€˘ You find it difficult to get a good night's rest
â€˘ You are on a weight roller-coaster
â€˘ You find yourself more "on edge"
â€˘ You feel as if the world is crashing down on top of you
While many of these "symptoms" can be related to things other than stress, we will be addressing them here as if they are created by stress specifically and explain some things you can do to elevate some of it throughout the holiday gatherings, shopping sprees, and other unplanned surprises that are yet to come your way!
16 Top Tips for Holiday Stress Control
1.) Create a Schedule
This is important to you and all family members to create and stick to as normal of a schedule as possible during the holidays. Everyone needs to have a regular routine, especially children. We thrive on it and children depend on it. Switching from your normal, every day scheduled tasks can add unnecessary stress to you and your family. So try to keep up with your set schedules of eating, sleeping, TV time, and of course play times.
With the emotional excitement of the holidays, friends and family members coming for unannounced visits, and social get-togethers, it can be a bit more difficult to stick to your normal daily routines, but it isn't impossible if you have a solid support system (i.e. a spouse, close family member, or valued friend that are willing to help you).
Remember too that you can always make small adjustments to your normal routine to fit that day's schedule of hectic events, but it will make keeping to your schedule all the more difficult later on.
5.) Let Go of Perfection
Nobody's perfect. And nothing can be perfect, so don't expect that to happen. Do what you can and be happy knowing that you did all you could to make it a wonderful holiday. Trying to create a picture perfect holiday gathering can really hit you in the stress department. Worrying about what you canâ€™t do could lead to very problematic health issues. And you donâ€™t want that.
The worst part of this is that it can all be avoided by thinking realistically about what can be done and not what you feel needs to be accomplished. There is a significant difference between those two. Make a promise to yourself that you will only do what you can without placing too much pressure on yourself to get it all done.
A good thing to keep in mind is that you can only control yourself. You have no control over anyone other than yourself. Others will do what they do and that's the end of it! If you believe in your heart that you can in essence try and get a person that is set in their habits to behave differently for even 15 minutes, you are headed for high stress levels.
Try not to let the actions of others within your circle of family or friends discourage you from having a great holiday season. People will be who they are and you should learn to let go of any personal expectations of how you want the holiday gatherings to be. It won't do anything but add to your own stress levels.