“Don’t let excessive stress ruin your holiday season.”
With all of the extra demands and expectations we place on ourselves during the
holidays, it’s easy to get “stressed out.” Follow the tips below to help
ease holiday stress and help you enjoy a meaningful and happy holiday season:
Set a financial budget for the holidays and stick to it — Not just for gift
giving, but for the top-dollar amount you can afford to spend for everything
including gifts, big family dinners, wrapping paper, decorations, parties, etc.
Plan what you will spend in advance, to avoid “impulse buying” and overspending.
Budget your time as well as your money — Avoid the stress of last-minute
shopping and preparations. Plan ahead. Make a “To Do” list and prioritize what
has to be done. Set aside some time each day to
accomplish scheduled holiday tasks.
Keep holiday plans realistic — Don’t overload yourself. It’s not necessary to attend every social event or religious celebration that comes along. When allotting your limited time, choose quality over quantity. Learn to say “no” gently but firmly to social events that are over your
Delegate responsibility — Share the shopping, cooking, cleaning, etc. responsibilities
with others. Have family members draw lots from a hat or use the “grab-bag” system
to assign tasks such as putting up the tree, outdoor decorations, cookie baking,
gift wrapping, etc. Set time goals for each assignment.
Factor in changed circumstances — Are you recently laid off, newly divorced, grieving a recent death? Now’s the time to “Keep It Simple.” Keep the demands on your time, energy, emotions and wallet to a minimum. It’s “okay” to pass up an activity if you’re not feeling up to it at this time.
Take care of yourself — Avoid overindulgence of holiday food, alcohol or caffeine. Be sure to get adequate sleep and rest and schedule some personal time to do things you enjoy.
© 2003 Office of Employee Assistance/Florida International University.