10 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

Wednesday, December 17 at 10:20 AM
Category: Arvest News

With Christmas only one week away and New Year's two weeks away, it's hard not to stress about what still needs to get done buy and wrap last-minute presents, fill stockings, send out Christmas cards, make cookies for the neighbors, plan/shop/cook gourmet meals, the list goes on…

Here are 10 tips to make the next couple of weeks more enjoyable.

  1. Make Christmas shopping a group activity with some friends/family. They can help give you ideas of gifts to buy for people on your list. You’ll kill two birds with one stone – get to spend quality time with friends/family and get your Christmas shopping done!
  2. Arrange a stocking stuffer blitz. Grab your significant other and $10 each and head to a discount store. You’ve each got 30 minutes to fill a stocking for the other person!
  3. Tie it with a bow. Give your gifts unwrapped with just a bow. You’ll save yourself time and money!
  4. Skip some events. Don't feel obligated to attend every party you're invited to. The neighborhood cookie exchange isn't necessary.
  5. Walk off your pecan pie. Instead of focusing on Jack Frost nipping at your nose while walking across a cold shopping center parking lot, think of it as your daily exercise so you don’t feel guilty about missing the gym.
  6. Make new friends. When you’re waiting in a long line at your local retailer, instead of getting frustrated at the seasonal cashier who doesn’t know how to handle returns, get to know the people in line next to you.
  7. Belt out holiday jingles when you’re stuck in traffic. After all, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.” The other drivers may also cheer up just looking at you singing, especially if you do some shoulder sways and pretend to hold a microphone.
  8. Think of someone other than yourself. When you see others’ poverty, you’ll realize how much you have to be grateful for. Finding the perfect party dress just won’t seem so important when your neighbor doesn’t even have money for Christmas dinner. Look for opportunities to help others like serving dinner at a soup kitchen, buying presents for children in need or singing Christmas carols for your neighbors.
  9. Laugh. Choose to be jolly and bright even if the Christmas decorations don’t get put up, the presents you ordered online don’t show up in time or the Christmas cards you sent get returned because you forgot to put stamps on them. Laughter will help you keep it all in perspective.
  10. Catch some Zs. Don’t sacrifice your sleep for fun. If you do, you’ll end up being as grumpy as the Grinch and find Santa’s left coal in your stocking.

This year don’t let yourself get run over by the sleigh full of parties, presents, limited time and bad attitudes. Practice these stress reducing tips to help you feel like you’re gliding along a wintry fairy land!

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