With all of the holiday season hustle and bustle, it can be easy to become exhausted and stressed. Don’t let that happen to you this year. Take a look at our favorite tips to de-stress so you can enjoy this holiday season.

Get in touch with nature

Winter can be one of the most beautiful times of the year. Does your neighborhood go all out on their holiday decorations? Bundle up by yourself, or with family and friends, and go for a stroll. Have a few minutes before your kids wake up or before you have to start the day? Take your morning cup of coffee or tea on the porch and enjoy the winter wonderland in your own back yard. Just a few minutes outside can give you some more perspective and peace during this busy time.

Take a break

With a to-do list a mile long and time speeding by, take some time for yourself. If you feel you are becoming overwhelmed with all there is to do around the holidays, take a 20-minute break. This could be working on a hobby, taking a cat nap, visiting your local library, eating a snack, checking on the kids, or taking the dog for a walk.

Catch those Zs

Make sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep- especially during the holiday season. Many stay up later during this time of the year trying to get everything done in time for the holidays. Keeping yourself rested will give you more energy to tackle your to-do list and will help you enjoy the season.

Don’t sweat the small stuff

It is easy to get caught up in perfection these days with beautiful photos and posts on social media. If you find yourself getting caught up in the stress of the season, consider attending a free event in your community where you can interact with your neighbors, or just enjoy a local tree lighting festival to get your mind off any current stressors.

Ask for help

When the stress of the holidays is bubbling up and there is still so much to do, remember that it’s ok to ask for help. Maybe the grandparents could take the children to the park. Allow guests to contribute to holiday celebrations by bringing a side dish. The less you have on your plate to accomplish, the less stressed you will be.

Local soup kitchens and food pantries are also great places to ask for help if you need additional assistance this holiday season. Great community resources are available to you. If you need help locating these resources in your community, ask for more information about these services at your next appointment and our staff will be happy to assist you.

Ditch the phone

Sure, it is nice to hear from friends and family far away during the holidays, but if it is becoming a distraction (along with getting caught up in the perfection portrayed by social media) it may be best to put the phone down. Take the time to be in the moment with your family or friends whether it be decorating cookies with your kids, playing a board game with friends or family, or watching a family favorite holiday movie together.

There is so much joy to share around the holiday season, and it comes and goes too quickly. When you start to become stressed out, just remember to relax and think about the reason we celebrate this time of year.

Happy Holidays!