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5 Tips for a Stress Free Holiday Season

5 tips for a stress free holiday season

The Holidays may be the “most wonderful time of the year”, but for many of us they are also the most stressful time of the year! The thought of a stress free holiday season may feel out of reach, but implement a few of these tips and you will be closer to a silent night.

1. Ditch Tradition: Just because something is tradition doesn’t mean you have to do it. If certain traditions are a stress and burden on you and your family instead of a joy then consider letting them go this year. This can be hard when the tradition is enforced by extended family, but try to find ways to meet your needs and while still honoring those that feel the tradition is important.

2. Get some sunlight: Seasonal affect disorder (SAD) can multiply the stress we feel this time of year. Be sure to get some early morning sunlight or take a vitamin D3 supplement to help alleviate SAD.

3. Listen to Music: And I don’t necessarily mean Christmas music. Listening to music and singing reduces cortisol levels leading to reduced stress. Be mindful of your seasonal soundtrack and seek out sounds that soothe you.

4. Keep Moving: It’s really tempting in these colder months to hide inside and sit still. Going for a walk or run, doing yoga or pilates, and generally staying active are all great ways to relieve stress.

5. Plan time for you: The holidays can be a blur of shopping, parties, and driving from one family member’s house to another. Plan time for you to rest, breathe, and do the things that are meaningful to you. This might be a special night you plan during the holiday season, or a few hours throughout the season you set aside to relax. Whatever you plan for yourself, remember it is just as important as all the other plans you have this holiday season.

For some stress free holiday music, check out this spotify playlist.

Be sure to check out this post for a free advent devotional. Start it tomorrow, December 14th to finish on Christmas

 

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