5 Steps to Help You Stay Stress-Free During the Holidays

Read this story on The Fiscal Times to learn more about people who have trouble relaxing during the holidays. While the world’s population undoubtedly explodes over the holidays, it’s also plagued by a slew…

5 Steps to Help You Stay Stress-Free During the Holidays

Read this story on The Fiscal Times to learn more about people who have trouble relaxing during the holidays.

While the world’s population undoubtedly explodes over the holidays, it’s also plagued by a slew of distractions. There’s endless gifting, decorating, gift wrapping, house-hunting, travel and bar-hopping. It’s no wonder so many of us find ourselves frazzled by the time December comes around.

To help you find some peace and quiet, here are some steps to take to help stay on track with holiday responsibilities — but not lose your mind.

1. Respect your time. Work from home on days when you don’t need to be working. Shorten the holiday planning, shopping and cooking season. Create a rough planning calendar that includes short, sweet reminders. For instance, a 10-second reminder will work as long as it tells you to be at work at 11:00 AM instead of 8:00 AM.

2. Share time. If you and your partner have the same responsibility at home, make it a point to put your differences aside and divide and conquer. Don’t argue — concentrate on staying in the same time zone and working through disagreements instead of hurling them at each other. You’ll save time, you’ll save space, and you’ll both get the well-deserved holiday gift of a relaxing space.

3. Get efficient. Decide ahead of time what tasks are essential. If you know you can’t focus on some tasks, leave them to someone else. If you’re looking to trim a tree or your project looks like it will last until January, work on it during the summer so you won’t be last to chop down the deciduous branches.

4. Don’t get stressed out. If you can’t really relax, get yourself booked on a stress-reducing cruise or make a point to do something that feels good to you.

5. Create something. If you feel like having fun (but can’t seem to relax), take on one of these activities:

Go camping

Hike

Ice skate

Play a game

Go swimming

Learn to code

Play the guitar

If you feel like it’s probably just too chaotic to actually unplug, consider doing something totally unplugged. For instance, design your own ice bucket this Christmas — or call in favors at your office and spend all day in the office. Use whatever time you have for recreation and not the stuff that’s cluttering your mind or stressing you out.

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