6 Stress-Busting Tips to Keep Your Holidays HappyNone By Derrick Carpenter
The holiday season may be wonderful, but it can also be the most stressful time of the year. To make sure you’re enjoying real moments of happiness in the weeks to come, take steps to be proactive about managing your stress to avoid exhaustion, frustration, and disappointment. These 6 tips will help you to overcome the all-too-familiar holiday burnout and stay happy and healthy, straight into the New Year.
Stress-Busting Tip #1: Stay Active
Exercise is probably the best way to fight back against stress. But let’s admit it. If a regular fitness routine is a struggle the rest of the year, cold weather, heavy meals, and hectic schedules only make it worse. If you find that your holiday festivities leave you mostly sedentary, create new traditions that get your heart pumping. Play a game of two-hand-touch football with the family. Meet your friend for a yoga class before you take on the mall. Or pre-gift yourself a pedometer and aim for 10,000 steps a day, which might mean strolling around the block catching up with your sister before everyone sits down for dinner.
Stress-Busting Tip #2: Be a Secret Santa
Giving is its own gift. Beyond all the obligatory giving that’s expected of you this season, find an opportunity to do a secret good deed for someone who deserves it. Whether it’s for your partner or a neighbor you barely know, perform an act of kindness that you can finish without being caught. Shovel the snow from someone else’s driveway. Tuck a coffee shop gift card under a windshield wiper with an anonymous note. You get the point.
Stress-Busting Tip #3: Get Your Hands Dirty
However you like to get creative, make time to put your talents to use to create something this holiday season. Just for the fun of it. Paint a holiday-themed picture for above the fireplace. Create a 5-minute edited film of your kids to send to the grandparents. O