Understanding Holiday Stress And How To Manage It
The Holiday season, even if filled with joy and excitement, can get a little overwhelming. Often when the seasonal stress reaches its peak, it can be hard to take a step back and regroup, so it’s important to take preventative measures. With some practical tips, you can minimise the stress that comes hand-in-hand with the holiday season.
1. All things in moderation. During the holiday season, it’s common to be experiencing and doing a lot at once. Too many activities can leave us more fatigued than fulfilled, so remember to pace yourself.
2. Stick to a budget. Before going out to shop for gifts and food, decide how much you can afford to spend and stick to it. Don’t pressure yourself into thinking that you have to buy expensive gifts to make people happy. There are alternatives that can mean just as much during the holiday season, such as homemade presents or gift exchanges.
3. Too much togetherness. The holidays are often celebrated with extended family and, while it’s a great thing, it can be overwhelming. It is important to balance family time with your much-needed alone time.
4. Remember to take care of yourself too. Trying to please everyone else during the holiday season and organising the perfect event can drain you. So, remember to treat yourself along the way. Get out and get some exercise, take a nice bath, or indulge in a tasty treat every once in a while.
5. Learn to say no. Sometimes, you just can’t say yes to everything. Your friends and family will understand if you say you can’t participate in something. If there are events that you just can’t say no to, try to remove something else off your schedule to accommodate for it.
6. Seek professional help if necessary. If all your best efforts are failing you and feelings of sadness, irritability and anxiety persist, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.
Plan ahead and take steps to actively prevent the holiday season from being a time of year that you dread. Everyone deserves to enjoy the festivities without feeling stressed or anxious. Being able to recognise the triggers for your stress is the best way to communicate it with someone. If you require some additional support, our Calm Mind supplement which contains Passionflower extract may be able to assist. Created to assist with the symptoms of mild anxiety and stress, our tried and tested formula helps to relax and support your general well-being.