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Enjoy the Holidays Without the Stress

The holidays are an interesting time. It can be a time of joy, excitement, and anticipation. It can also be stressful. 

Add to that the fact that you still resent what Uncle Bill did last Christmas, and the possibility that your cousin might have Covid-19, and the holidays just got even more stressful. 

Holidays can also be expensive! The cost of gifts, travel, and extra food can really add up in a hurry. 

Keep these tips in mind to help reduce holiday stress: 

1. Take time for family and friends. This may look very different this year, maybe it is zoom calls or phone calls. Maybe it is sending a letter or card. Keeping others in mind can help us as well.

2. Get some sun. The days are shorter in the northern hemisphere during the winter months. Many people are sensitive to not getting enough sunlight. Sit by a window with good sun exposure and get all the sunlight you can for an hour each day. You’ll feel less stressed. Use the time to read a book or make phone calls.

3. Eat well. With all the cookies, pies, candy, and other unhealthy foods so prevalent this time of year, it’s even more important to focus on your diet than usual. Eating a lot of junk food leads to a stressed body. Be kind to yourself and keep your food intake as healthy as possible.

4. Make the choice to be as happy as possible. Decide to enjoy the holidays as much as you can. Choose to be optimistic. Your attitude colors your perception.

  •     Expect good things to happen and you’ll be more likely to enjoy yourself.

5. Pick your favorite part of the Holidays. And still do them, even if they look different. Whatever you love about the holidays, make sure to include as much as possible.

  •   Love the lights, drive around looking at lights. Love Christmas concerts, find some great ones online. 

6. Avoid scheduling too much or too little. Trying to do too much can create stress regardless of the time of year. However, the holidays can become quite depressing if we don’t do anything at all.

  •     Plan to include the people that are most important to you and skip the rest.
  • Give yourself days off.

7. Be grateful. It’s easier to relax and enjoy yourself when you feel grateful. You worry less about the mishaps, inconveniences, and perceived slights when gratitude is in your heart. Remember, you have a lot to be grateful for!

8. Stay within your budget. The holidays are stressful enough without creating more stress by overspending. Avoid the trap of believing that you have to spend a lot of money to make someone happy. Gifts are soon forgotten, but the bills can last a long, long time.

Enjoy the holidays but do what you can to minimize the amount of stress involved. With careful planning and a little optimism, you can have a great holiday season that you’ll remember fondly for years to come. Make this holiday season the least stressful you’ve ever had.

This week’s creative exercise:

Make your own cards to send. This year more than ever we need to reach out to those we love. What better way than to make and send a card to remind others that you are thinking of them.

There are so many ideas for card making. This year I am creating watercolor rounds into ornaments and attaching them to cards.

This Thursday I will add a video of that style to share with you. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss this video or any of the other great content we add.

Have an Amazingly Creative Day,

Larissa

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