The American Psychological Association found that 38% of people say their stress increases during the holidays. Top stressors include lack of time, family get-togethers, and traveling. We can’t change your stressors. However, we can provide a few tips to help de-stress during the holidays:
Let Go of Holiday Perfectionism
Are you the type of person who fiddles with every detail for things to be perfect? Holiday perfectionism is real, and the stress and pressure can really get to you when things go awry. Instead of feeling disappointed or irritated, calm down and embrace imperfection. Practice coping with “good enough” and “done” instead of “perfect” in small increments until you learn to fully lean into it.
Don’t Lose Sight of What Matters
Frustrated with long lines at the grocery store, juggling Friendsgiving invitations, or picking the perfect outfit to wear to get-togethers? Don’t sweat the small stuff. Remember that the holidays are about spending time with loved ones. They won’t notice if your hair is in a messy bun or if you don’t bring the perfect dish. They just care that you’re there.
Put Kindness First
It’s the season to be more compassionate towards others. You may be challenged with confronting disgruntled individuals, whether you are out at the grocery store or an event. Remember to treat others with kindness and give people the benefit of the doubt. Spread kindness by volunteering your time or donating supplies to a local shelter. These acts of kindness will lift your spirits in no time.
Make Space While Embracing Togetherness
If you need a break from the holiday chaos, take some time for yourself and don’t feel guilty about it. Whether making a cup of tea, reading a book by the fireplace, or drawing a bath with candles, you deserve to carve out “me time” to unwind and relax.