Why do we get so stressed during the holidays? More than any other time of the year, the holidays bring on a lot demands on our time and energy — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning, entertaining and spending time with people you may only see once a year (if that!).
When stress is already at its peak, it's hard to stop and regroup. This season, try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past.
The American Heart Association suggests these basic tips for beating holiday stress:
Gift Giving: Keep It in CheckMake a list and a budget and stick to it. Really. Overspending on each person is the easiest way to break your budget. Your list and budget for each person can help prevent impulse buys.
Host with the Most: Planning for the Main EventIs it your turn to host the family holiday function? It’s a big job, but you don’t need to do everything. Why not make it a potluck so that everyone can contribute? Plan ahead to help take some of the stress out of hosting.
Home for the Holidays: A Dustpan in your StockingThere’s no place like home for holidays, but how can you keep it clean with so much going on? Try to get into the habit of doing a little cleaning each day. Sound like too much? Follow this plan .
Sources: Mayo Clinic, 2014; Martha Stewart Living; The American Heart Association, 2014
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