As the leaves begin to fall and the nights turn cooler, the holidays are right around the corner. You know that time of year where everything becomes hurried and we have events to attend almost nightly. How do you take time for yourself and avoid the stress of the holiday season? It’s important not to lose sight of the important things when we busy ourselves with the hustle and bustle that comes with this festive time of year. So how do you keep the stress away when things start to get crazy? We’ve put together a list of a few holiday stress busters to try this holiday season.
- Enjoy the process. The holidays are about having a good time with friends and family. Don’t get too caught up in finding the perfect gift that you forget to enjoy this time of year.
- Make a list. Maybe Santa is on to something. Write down the things you need or want to accomplish and check it often. If something doesn’t get checked off, give yourself a break. It’s your list, make adjustments as necessary.
- Santa’s Helpers! Another thing Santa has right, he has help! Delegate! Who loves to wrap presents? Who loves to bake cookies? You don’t have to do everything yourself. If someone asks if you need help, let them.
- Plan something fun. Almost every town has something special they do during the holidays, find out what it is and go do it. Or make your own fun…go caroling in your neighborhood, have a snowball fight, or have a movie night with your favorite holiday movie and hot cocoa.
This list is just a start to a stress-free holiday season. Do you have a tip for decreasing your stress during this busiest time of year? We’d love to hear it!
~Tiffany Bodge is the Managing Director at Military Spouses of Strength. As a military spouse she understands the challenges that military spouses and their families face due to separation, deployment, and the continued higher ops tempo our Armed Forces face due to 14 years at war. Her passion lies in helping military spouses and families understand the importance of mental wellness.