Does anyone else feel as though they blinked and were magically transported from Halloween straight to December? Ready or not, the holiday season is here…and, like it or not, that often brings a level of stress that can put a damper on our holiday spirit.
Don’t let seasonal worries steal your joy this year! To help, we’ve gathered a list of our top 5 tips and tricks to keep you stress-free and attuned to what matters most this time of year.
Embrace (a Little) Chaos
Prepare yourself for the fact that things will likely take an unexpected turn at some point during the holidays and embrace a spirit of flexibility. Doing so will allow you to find happiness in all the unexpected adventures.
Do What You Love
Be selective. Attend the parties thrown by the friends and family who are close to your heart and kindly decline the rest. Bake the goodies that make you smile…the cookies you made with your grandmother or the candies you and your children love. Filling your time with the people and activities you love is the perfect way to reduce holiday stress.
Carve Out Time for Yourself
Taking the time to take of yourself allows you to fill your spiritual cup, ensuring you have plenty of love in your reserves to dole out to those you care about.
Let Go of Perfection
Let go of perfection. Cookies may burn. A string of lights may blink out right in the middle of your tree. Aunt June may ruin the turkey. Embrace all the little imperfections…they’ll likely become the topic of holiday memories you’ll share with those you love for years to come.
Remember What Matters Most
When stressful moments threaten to steal your joy take a moment to pause, take a cleansing breath, and remember what matters most about the season—spending time with the family and friends we dearly love. Sharing a meal…and gifts…and a bit of our hearts with one another.
Because, at the end of the day, taking time to share joy with those who mean the most to us is what this season is really all about. We hope these tips help you slow down, accept what is, and embrace what comes your way this holiday season.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
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