The holidays bestow you with the joyful time and offer a chance to reconnect with the friends and family. But at times, these can also be stressful. You may undergo pressure to purchase and give gifts. It might be the reason that you are worried about money. For many, the main source of holiday stress is the family itself – the family dinner and the burden of family tradition. And if you’re facing clinical depression, or have had depression in the past, the holiday stress can be a trigger for more serious problems.
Sometimes, it can also be hectic. You may or may not find enough time to get the things done. There are some actions which generate stress for you during your holidays. In that case you need to focus on one or two things you can do that will help you out the most to reduce the stress level.
What about the holidays which get you down. For some people, holiday stress is triggered by:
- Unhappy memories Going home for the holidays generally lets people memorize old times, but for you the memories may be more sour than sweet.
- Toxic relatives Holidays can put you in the same room with the relatives you stay away from the rest of the year. People who are struggling with depression may face stigma, too.
- Lowered defenses During the holiday season, it is most probable to be stressed out by the obligations and errands. It’s getting dark earlier each day. The holiday stress definitely makes it harder to manage with your family than it may be at any other times of the year.
Here are some ideas for preparing for the holidays:
- Know your spending limit Shortage of money is one of the biggest reasons of stress during the holiday season. So, it is advised to don’t buy gifts that you’ll spend the rest of the year trying to pay off.
- Give something personal You can showcase your love and care with any of the gifts that is always meaningful and personal. It doesn’t cost a lot use appreciative words instead of an expensive gift to let the people know that how important they are to you.
- Get organized Make lists or use an appointment book to keep track of tasks to do and events to attend.
- Share the tasks You don’t have to follow all of your responsibilities yourself. Share and manage your “to do” list with others you trust he/she can do. Spend time with friends and family while you share tasks like decorating, wrapping gifts, and preparing the holiday meal.
- Learn to say no It’s okay to say “no” to events that aren’t important to you. This will give you more time to say “yes” to events that you do want to attend.
- Be realistic Try not to put pressure on yourself to create the perfect holiday for your family. Focus instead on the traditions that make holidays special for you. And remember that just because it’s a holiday, family problems don’t go away. If you have a tough time being around the relatives, it’s okay to set the limits on your time at every events and visits.
- Get plenty of exercise When you’re moving around during the holiday season, exercise might be the last thing on one’s mind. What you may not realize, is that being active can raise your mood and help you manage with stress. It can trigger a positive feeling in the body and reduce the feelings of anxiety and stress.