Six ways to manage and navigate holiday stress

It’s officially the holiday season! During this time of year, there can be so much stress that the meaning of the season can be lost. The joy of the season is real, and there are ways to connect to the positivity and not succumb to the mounting pressure at the end of the year. Here are tips to help you navigate six common holiday stressors:

1. Expectations of perfection

This time of year is filled with expectations to look amazing, buy the perfect gifts and cook the most delicious food — mostly common placed on you by yourself. It’s easy to slip into a mind space where things have to be impeccable, which is impossible for anyone to achieve. The key is stay mindful of what really matters: family and friends.

2. The holiday blues have already set in

We tend place extra emphasis and meaning surrounding the holidays, and it can set us up for disappointment. Similarly, this time of year can be a sensitive for those who are missing loved ones. The key: don’t lose focus of yourself. Prioritize yourself — body and mind — by getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet and exercising.

3. Indulging too much

Parties, office treats and family dinners are staples in the month of December. With almost constant temptation, it’s easy to succumb overindulging and later feeling guilty. Moderation is key to enjoying the holidays and its treats. Let yourself have a little treat each day; and focus on being grateful while enjoying it!

4. Learn to say no — and mean it

It is okay not to say yes to every invitation or gift request. Only commit to events and activities that offer you the opportunity to feel joy as well as giving it.

5. You and your partner are bickering

Spending money, in-laws staying at your home, cooking for the family — there are plenty of things that can cause stress on not just you, but your relationship. The key to any successful relationship is communication, and it’s especially needed during the holiday season. Focus on maintaining the equilibrium by scheduling time to check in with each other.

6. Be grateful

You have heard it before, but it’s worth mentioning again: practicing gratitude positively affects your health. Those who practice daily gratitude are healthier, less anxious and more optimistic. This holiday season is the perfect opportunity to experience the joy that gratitude can bring.

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