Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress
Does the holiday season always leave you feeling frazzled? These tips can help you bust holiday stress.
Make it Your Own
This year, stop trying to create a celebration that meets everyone else’s expectations and go for what you want instead. Put up your favorite decorations, plan a menu of foods you enjoy and don’t invite the relatives that always bring up old childhood scars. You’ll enjoy the season much more when you stop aiming for perfection.
Before you shop, take a look at your gift list. Do you really need to buy scar removal cream for your third cousin or a decorative salt shaker for your mother-in-law? Narrow the list down to people you actually want to shop for so that you can give meaningful gifts. You can also spread the gift giving out among family members by having everyone pick a name out of a hat and only shop for that person.
Skip the Crowds
When you do shop, try to do as much as possible from the comfort of home. Facing crowds will only make you stress more. Instead, check out the online deals that land in your inbox on a daily basis. You can cover everyone on your streamlined list and save a ton of money without ever going to the mall.
Turn Up the Music
Good music is like a scar treatment for your brain. When stress threatens to overwhelm you, putting on your favorite tunes and singing along creates a relaxing atmosphere that soothes frayed nerves and gets you back in the holiday spirit.
Sweat it Out
Don’t let your exercise routine fall by the wayside during the holiday season. Getting in a good workout busts stress hormones and releases endorphins, a combination that instantly boosts your mood. You’ll enjoy the “high” that comes from exercise with the added bonus of feeling stronger and more focused. If you don’t have time for your regular workout, try a quick high-intensity interval routine to get your blood flowing.
Pay Attention to Your Skin
Proper skincare combined with stress management eases stress-related skin conditions. Whether you’re using scar treatment and scar removal products to take care of old childhood scars or simply moisturizing every morning, sticking with your skincare routine will not only make you feel more beautiful but also ensure that you skin stays healthy throughout the season.
In addition to these holiday stress busting techniques, make sure that you eat well and get enough sleep. You’ll function better if you’re not trying to run on cookies and coffee, and you’ll be able to enjoy a truly relaxing holiday with the people you love.