It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Or is it? Instead of bringing joy, anticipating and excitement, the holidays, in equal measure, bring on feelings of stress, being rushed and large doses of anxiety.
With COVID-19 on our minds, this holiday season gives us even more of an excuse to stress. Balancing safety and a sense of normalcy during this joyous time is not an easy task for anyone.
Here are some great ways to make the holidays less stressful and more enjoyable:
- Remember, you do not have to live up to everyone’s expectations; the less you do, the less pressure you will feel and the more you can enjoy.
- Take time to enjoy the preparation rather than only focusing on the big day. Be mindful and try to live in the moment. Sounds cliché but it’s true.
- Plan your down time; take a walk outside especially because it gets dark so early and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is real.
- Utilize the advantages of online shopping. Our manager hasn’t been to a physical store in years. She went to the mall to take in the spirit without a thing to buy.
- Make the holidays your own by starting a new tradition with your family. Record it and make new memories.
- Disconnect with the world – agree to put the cell phones in a bowl and focus on getting to know your loved ones better. Even if its virtual.
- Start a group text where everyone in the family lists five things for which they are grateful. Do it every year.
- Stick to a budget; for everything. Sounds simple but the stress of spending money and adding to debt can keep people up at night.
- If you are lonely this time of year, reach out. Everyone assumes people have places to go and it’s not always the case. And remember there is always a need for volunteers.
- Most of all stay safe. So many people have gotten sick and are grieving. Share your thoughts and prayers, but from a distance and with a mask.