Don’t Become a Grinch this Holiday Season! Tips on How to Reduce Holiday Stress

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The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year intended for people to rest, recharge, reflect, and spend time with the ones we love. However, it has turned into one of the most stressful times of the year with all the shopping, wrapping, cooking, cleaning, crowds, cards, travel, etc. I feel there are expectations and pressure put on people to buy tons of expensive presents and make a huge production out of Christmas, especially for parents, which is primarily fueled by the media and retailers.

I absolutely love this time of year, so I have decided to take a different approach to reduce stress and embrace the true spirit of the holidays. Although I know it is a busy time of year with all the extra events and the pure time factor alone can be stressful, I have shared a few easy ways to take back the joy of the season and avoid turning into the Grinch!

Write down 3 gratitudes every day. The holidays are a time to give thanks for all our blessings, so there isn’t a better time than now to start incorporating this practice into your daily routine. Positive thinking has a multitude of health benefits, such as a reduction in stress/anxiety, a boost in immunity, and can even reverse disease! @ShawnAchor writes about the power of positivity, and I highly recommend his books. Check out his TED talk:

Volunteer. There are so many wonderful organizations that need extra help during the holidays. It’s important to step outside the holiday madness to think about those less fortunate and give back to the community. One of my favorite ways to donate in Dallas/Fort Worth during the month of December is the Salvation Army Angel Tree. For more information, click here:

Take time off from work to relax and be with friends and family. Many people view the holidays as a perfect time to work because it’s quiet and you can catch up on administrative tasks, which is true. And I understand some people are not able to take time off. However, if you do have days available, then take them! Since it typically is a slower time of the year, you can truly unplug and not worry about checking your phone every 30 minutes.

Do something nice for yourself. The holidays are a time for giving. However, it’s also important to take some time for self-care. Do something that nourishes your mind, body, and soul.

Go for a walk or drive around your neighborhood at night. It’s so fun to see the houses all lit up this time of year. My husband and I enjoy making hot apple cider, bundling up, and taking our dog for long walks at night. The air is crisp and fresh, and we get a close-up view of all the magic.

Try a Secret Santa gift exchange. One of the most stressful aspects of the holidays is the heavy financial impact. Make it easy on you, your family, and your wallet by having everyone draw one person to buy gifts for. This can be difficult when you have children, but if you can swing it, I highly recommend it. My family is doing Secret Santa this year, and it has taken tremendous stress out of the holidays.

Connect with your loved ones. Call a friend or family member you haven’t talked to in a while.

Give a Compliment.

Help a Stranger.

Pay for the Person’s Coffee Behind You in Line at the Coffee Shop.

 

I just want to take this time to say how grateful I am for all my clients’, friends’, and family’s unwavering support as I have built Career Catcher. Every day I am so thankful I am able to pursue my life’s work and positively impact people’s lives. I wish everyone a joyous (and stress-free!) holiday season and great career success in 2019!

Peace and love,

Ali