STRESS FREE CHRISTMAS
Sure, the holiday season might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most stressful time of the year.
Make the season more enjoyable by stopping stress in its tracks with these tips.
BE SATISFIED WITH GOOD ENOUGH
Don't always go for bigger or better. What you have now is already enough.
FOCUS ON WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT
Dreading to send out that massive pile of postcards? Send an e-card! You'll have more time to pamper yourself and bonus- it's eco-friendly!
SMELL SOME LEMONS
Barreling through throngs of mall shoppers on the hunt for a last-minute gift? Step up to the department store perfume counter, peruse the testers and dab on a lemony fragrance. Lemon scents instantly boost your mood.
HOLD ON TO YOUR DAILY RITUALS
If you like to read for half an hour before bed, don't give it up in favor of yet another holiday chore. Our everyday practices help calm and center us.
DO SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY
It's simple as that.
DON'T HESITATE TO ASK FOR HELP
In fact, guests prefer to take on some small tasks, instead of standing around while you attempt to do everything yourself. Ask an older relative if he'd mind greeting guests at the door. Recruit teens to take coats or offer fruit juice. Kids may direct guests to the buffet table or offer appetizers.
LET IT ALL OUT
Bottling up your stress for too long can lead to health issues such as back pain and a weakened immune system. So it's crucial to find a release that works for you. One suggestion: Go to a private spot, such as your car, and scream for about 5 seconds. Yes, seriously. It's like letting out steam from a tea kettle. If screaming isn't for you, try a few minutes of dancing, singing (put on some holiday tunes!) or deep breathing.