The holidays are meant to be a time of thanksgiving and celebration, but for many, holiday stress takes it toll and overtakes the joy of the season. Holiday stress is common for many people – in fact, studies show that the average American spends 42 hours a year on holiday activities. This can range from shopping, attending parties, planning parties, traveling, wrapping gifts, and more. Concerns over money and hectic schedules are two of the largest factors that contribute to holiday stress. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce stress and allow yourself to better enjoy the holiday season.
First, it is important to understand that stress comes from your own life and not from the holidays themselves. Many people worry about finances, the future, or the past throughout the year – but these worries tend to become inflated during the holiday season. If you can properly identify the stressors in your life, you’re one step closer to accepting them and easing some of your stress.
It’s easy to be pulled in many directions when it comes to holiday planning, but it’s important to make the needs of yourself and your family priority. Instead of spending most your time planning a party or buying the perfect gifts for others, experts suggest making family Christmas traditions and spending time with your family priority. Parties will come and go, but the memories you make with your family will last a lifetime.
Don’t forget the spirit of the season. The holidays are a time of compassion, togetherness, and giving. Don’t let anxiety and hurriedness bring down your holiday cheer. Always keep in mind what the holidays are truly about, and take that time to create wonderful memories with your friends and loved ones.