Has the Thanksgiving turkey burned in the oven?  Are stores out of the only toy your child wants for Christmas?  Are the in-laws staying for a month?  Stress and tension can sometimes ruin the excitement of the holiday season.  Even though holidays are supposed to be relaxing and jolly, they can also become draining and stressful. With all the planning and preparation of the much awaited holidays, you must also plan ways to take care of yourself.  Here are a few ways to de-stress from holiday anxiety.

Treat Yourself to a Spa Day

Even though it is normal to think about others and buying gifts for family and friends during the holiday season, do not forget about treating yourself.  Stressing during the holidays may result in failing to look your best at holiday gatherings and outings.  Add a day at a spa to your list.  A relaxing massage, facial, or manicure-pedicure session is a gift that will make you feel and look your best.

Don’t Worry About How Things Should Be

There is a lot of cultural pressure that occurs during the holidays where people tend to compare themselves to others.  They see or want the perfect family gathering and a gourmet holiday meal. Keep in mind that a perfect holiday doesn’t mean it has to rise to competition level. Focus on the people and not the decorations.  Make everyone feel welcomed, and the warm feelings you leave with your guests will last longer than any memories of house decorations or food served.

Respect the Budget

Create a budget and stick with it.  Not only does a budget help with decision-making it avoids those surprises on the January credit card statement.  Don’t think that price is the priority when buying gifts – a thoughtful gift is always received well no matter the cost.  Keeping the budget reduces the stress during the holidays and later.

Grab a Nap

During the holiday marathon, it is important to stay well rested.  Sometimes stress makes for restless sleep.  If you feel tired during the day, take a nap.  Napping even for 20 minutes will recharge the brain and body.  Recharging will help you face that to-do list with new energy.

The goal of the holiday season should be to enjoy yourself and to get to January as stress-free as possible.  Make yourself a priority, and you’ll sail right through.

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