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5 Tips to Better Handle Holiday Stress




The holiday season is an opportunity to spend time with family and friends, take some time off work, or even escape for a winter getaway. For all the joy and fun, though, so comes the stress. However, this stress can be used as inspiration for growth if you allow it. Use the holiday season as a time to reflect on your life purpose and best self, and you can come out of the season feeling refreshed and motivated.


From buying gifts to attending parties, there's a lot to do in a short time. But don't let the stress of the season get you down. Use it as an opportunity to grow and become your best self. People often feel so much pressure to make the holidays perfect that they forget to enjoy them. This year, instead of getting caught up in the hustle and bustle, take a step back and focus on what truly matters. Remember that the holidays are about quality time with loved ones, celebrating your blessings, and creating happy memories. Let go of perfectionism and allow yourself to relax and enjoy the season.


The expectations of social events, gift shopping, and entertaining guests can become too much for even the most festive types. In fact, according to the American Psychological Association, 8 out of 10 people expect to experience an increase in stress over the holiday season; but it doesn't have to be that way! You can avoid the holiday blues and become your best self by taking time for inspired growth and focusing on your life purpose.





Here are three ways to turn holiday stress into inspired growth:


1. Use the holiday hustle to find your life purpose.


2. Use the holidays as an opportunity to practice self-care.


3. Use gift-giving to express your love and appreciation for others.




Here are ideas to help you get started toward inspired growth this holiday season:


1. The holiday season is an excellent opportunity to spend time with family and friends or even escape for a winter getaway. It's also a time to reflect on the past year and set goals for the future.


2. Take some time for yourself. Whether getting lost in a good book, taking a long walk, or just taking a few moments each day to meditate, find ways to relax and recharge.


3. Use the downtime to brainstorm some goals for the year ahead. What do you want to achieve in the next 12 months? Write them down and start mapping out a plan to make them happen.


4. Use this time of year to focus on your personal growth and development. What can you do to become your best self in the new year?


5. Think about your life purpose and what steps you can take to move closer to your goals. The holidays are a perfect time to get inspired and start making positive changes in your life.



Are you one of the 8 out of 10 people who expect to experience increased stress over the holiday season? If so, you're not alone. The holidays can be stressful for many people, but there's no need to let the stress get the best of you. There are plenty of ways to cope with holiday stress. One way is to focus on your inspired growth and lean into being your best self. What are you doing that's moving you closer to your life purpose? This is a great time to focus on those things and let go of anything that's no longer serving you.



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With stress comes a greater risk of anxiety and depression, and depression is frequently an unwelcome guest over the holidays. The holidays are when many people are surrounded by family, friends, and loved ones. But for many, the holidays can also be stressful and anxious. All is not lost; there are many ways you can minimize your stress and anxiety to allow you to enjoy the season.


1. Take some time for yourself. Whether taking a long bath, going for a walk, or simply reading your favorite book, make sure you're taking some time out for yourself. This will help you recharge and be ready to face the holiday chaos.


2. Set realistic expectations. The holidays will not be perfect, so don't set yourself up for disappointment by having unrealistic expectations. Instead, focus on enjoying the little moments and making memories with your loved ones.


3. Don't try to do it all. Be aware of your limits and boundaries.




Here are five ways to practice self-care and personal growth this holiday season.





1. Set a Budget


The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But they can also be a time of financial stress. It’s also a time when people are more likely to overspend and get into debt. Setting a budget for yourself this holiday season can help you stay on track and avoid overspending.


Shopping can be fun, but spending money isn’t always easy, and Americans spend a large amount of money every holiday season on gifts alone. Spending is unavoidable, but you can minimize the damage by setting a budget and sticking to it.


A lot of the stress people experience during the holidays is due to financial pressure, so setting a budget can benefit your stress levels. Work out how much you can afford to spend on food and gifts, and stick to it.


How can you take care of yourself this holiday season and stay on budget?

Here are some tips:


1. Determine what you can afford to spend. This includes both your regular expenses and any holiday-related costs.


2. Make a list of what you want to spend money on, and stick to it.


3. Make a list of all the people you need to buy gifts for, and set a spending limit for each person.


4. If you are over budget, don't beat yourself up about it. Make your plan to pay off the debt as soon as possible.


5. Avoid using credit cards if possible, as this can add to your financial stress in the long run.


6. Track your spending throughout the holiday season to see where your money is going. This will help you stay on track and to adjust spending when needed.


7. Refrain from splurging on unnecessary items just because they're on sale.


8. Find ways to save money, such as making Christmas gifts or buying pre-owned items.



2. Exercise


The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But they can also be a time of stress and overeating. People often let healthy habits slide in favor of indulging in delicious foods and drinks during the holidays. But if you want to stay feeling your best during the holiday season, it's essential to take care of yourself by exercising.


The American Heart Association suggests that people stay active all the time, but keeping that up during the holidays is essential. Any activity or exercise you can fit in will help reduce your stress and elevate your mood. It stimulates endorphin production and triggers a positive feeling in your body. You might be busy, but if you can exercise for half an hour three times a week, you will feel better. You can go walking or jogging, swimming or biking, play sports, and find time for aerobics.


Stay active. Even though it’s cold outside, there are still plenty of ways to stay active during winter. Though the winter months may have you feeling like all you want to do is curl up in a blanket and watch Netflix, there are still plenty of ways to stay active. And being active doesn’t just mean hitting the gym – though that’s always an option. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, even when it’s cold. Ice skating, sledding, and even just walking in the fresh air can do wonders for your body and mind. And if you’re not a fan of the cold, there are still plenty of indoor options.


Here are a few examples: