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Four Ways to Reduce Mental Stress Over the Holidays

by Roveen Anyango
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The holidays can be a pretty stressful time for most of us. There is a lot to do, yet at the same time, we need to let loose a little and enjoy the festivities. It can then, be quite easy to become overwhelmed and not enjoy the holiday season.

Below, then, are four ways to reduce your mental baggage over the festive season.

Prioritize well

It can be easy to be overwhelmed when you feel like you have to do all things all at once. You want to buy gifts, but at the same time, you also want to spend time with your family. Then, you also want to meet clients, to go out with friends, to budget. All these can overwhelm you.

So, instead, set down your priorities. List down the tasks in order to urgency. For example, meeting friends can be below meeting a client, and spending time with your family should be up there among the top priorities. The priorities help you stay organized and thus, reduces mental stress.

Delegate responsibilities

You do not have to do everything on your own. If you are a parent and have older children, you can task them with perhaps making Christmas decorations or buying gifts for their siblings. Or you could have your siblings each buy their own gifts if you are the family breadwinner. If you do decide to do it yourself, begin early. So, begin to buy those presents now.

Plan spending

As mentioned in this article, managing your finances over the festive season is the best way to enjoy it. But aside from enjoying it, it helps reduce stress because you will have money for every situation: bills, gifts, party, emergency, and thus, will not get to a point of being stressed over finances.

Put your feet up

Many people will most likely work over the holidays, but whenever you get some free time, sit back, put in some relaxing music, cook your favorite food and indulge yourself. It has been a long year, you deserve to enjoy every break you get, no matter how small it is.

However, remember, as you indulge in relaxation, do so in moderation and ensure you still maintain healthy habits.

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