The most wonderful time of the year can often be the most stressful time of the year. December has become National Stress-Free Family Holiday Month, in order to help combat the stress of season. This year approach the holidays with less stress by keeping the following tips in mind.
Think positive! Let go of the need for the perfection and enjoy the holidays for what they are. Don’t stress if something doesn’t go as planned and appreciate the time spent with family and friends.
Avoid colds and flu. Nothing can hinder your holiday harmony like being sick. Get the flu shot, avoid others who are sick, and always wash your hands!
Drive safe! It’s that time of year to celebrate but make sure you are smart. Have a designated driver or call a cab or a ridesharing company to make sure you get home safe.
Stay within your budget! Finances can create a lot of unnecessary stress. Make a budget and stick to it.
Be grateful! Appreciate all that you have rather than concentrating on what you don’t.
Pamper yourself! Give yourself a gift of relaxation by enjoying a manicure, getting a haircut, play a round of golf – do something you love that relaxes you to ease your stress.
Laugh! They do say “laughter is the best medicine.” Laughter can reduce stress and increase happiness. Watch a funny movie or video, spend time with someone who makes you chuckle, or play a fun game with friends or family.
Exercise! Physical activity promotes brain-pleasing chemicals that can increase feelings of well-being and decrease stress.
Sleep in! Sleeping is both a relaxing and restorative activity. Extra sleep may also increase energy so you can conquer your to-do list.
Last but not least, talk to someone. Utilize the EAP, and contact HealthAdvocate if you feel your stress levels rising this holiday season.
Information and picture adapted from HealthAdvocate.
HealthAdvocate is SPC’s Employee Assistance Program.