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Tips for Successfully Managing Holiday Stress

By Aromafloria December 11, 2017 Leave a comment Go to comments
Tips for Successfully Managing Holiday Stress For most, the holidays are a wonderful time filled with family, friends, food and good cheer. It is a time to raise your glass and share laughs with close family and friends. However, the holidays do not come without stressors that sometimes have you feeling a little less “Joy to the World” and a little more “Blue Christmas.” The holidays, along with all of the happiness and wonder they being can frankly be quite expensive, fattening and hectic. Luckily there are many strategies you can employ to have you back in the “Deck the Halls” mood in no time.
While there are many ways to reduce stress, one of the most important things to do that universally applies is to dedicate time for yourself. During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, between shopping and family gatherings, this can be difficult. However, there is always a little down time you can make for yourself, even if it is just fifteen minutes of alone time. How you choose to spend your alone time is a matter of preference, it is most important that you simply make that time. However, good options can include going for a walk, getting a massage or engaging in some form of aromatherapy. Diffusing essential oils such as lavender or chamomile have a relaxing effect that will have you prepared for the stresses the holidays may throw at you. Try visiting Aromafloria, for all of your essential oil needs.
Another important strategy, and one that could be incorporated into your alone time, is to get exercise. It is well known that exercise releases chemicals in your body, or endorphins, that are known to enhance mood and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. It is understandable that not everyone has time, or is interested in, daily trips to the gym. However, you do not need an hour gym trip to receive the mood enhancing benefits that a workout can create. You can simply take a walk around the block or go for a swim. You can hit the batting cages or the bowling alley. You can attend a yoga or Pilates course. No matter your preferred style of workout and the amount of time that you have to complete it, there is some workout out there for you.
Make sure that you set a budget and stick to it as some of the stress you feel during the holidays is due to finances. Whether purchasing gifts, holidays meals or something else, the price tag of this season can get quite high. A recent poll results showed that the average American spent $830 on gifts alone over the holidays. To have a financially stress-free holiday, you must plan ahead and develop a reasonable budget. Decide on a maximum amount and only spend up to that. Although this may require an uncomfortable conversation with family and friends with regard to spending limit, your credit cards and bank account will thank you when the new year comes ringing in.
Do not over exert yourself. The holidays are usually a time when extended family visits from out of town and there is some social or family function on seemingly a regular basis. There is no need to feel obligated to do everything; commit to what is practical and regretfully turn down what is not. You will feel much less stressed if you do not have hosting or visiting obligations every other day. If you are hosting out of town family or a holiday dinner, do not be afraid to delegate work to others. There is nothing wrong with saying no or asking for help.
Ultimately, at the end of every day, regardless of your stress, the holidays is a time to be thankful for everything the year has brought you and everything to look forward to in the upcoming year. With hectic lives and tons of responsibilities, it makes sense to not always feel so grateful. During those times, turn on some Christmas music, start a bubble bath and relax with a book and some beneficial essential oils.
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