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How to Destress During the Holiday Season

By Elliot Caleira

The Stress of the Holidays

The holidays are stressful on so many of us for a variety of different reasons. That's because the world doesn't stop moving even when many people stop to relax for the holidays. Family, jobs, party planning, money, and more are all stressors. It's important to take a step back from all the hustle and bustle and remember to relax. Since that's easier said than done, here are some tips to destress this holiday season.

Remember it's Temporary

If you're stressed with how hectic things are, just remember that it won't last forever. Eventually, the holidays will end and life will return to normal. Just remember that planning meals, buying presents, and planning family get-togethers don't last forever. That should hopefully allow you to enjoy it more. All you have to do is plan ahead to make sure that these things go off without a hitch. If there's any sort of hiccup, deal with it and move on. There's no sense on dwelling on things once they're over.

Ask for Help

Some people take it upon themselves to plan everything. They want to host the perfect Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's party. It's a lot for one person to take on and that's why it's important to ask for help. Families enjoy being a part of something and that means they'll enjoy helping plan these things. When more people are involved with the cooking and decorating, things are easier. The entire gathering doesn't just fall on one person's shoulders.

Holidays are for Relaxing

You don't have to constantly be on the go during the holidays. Sometimes it's important to just relax. The holidays aren't meant to be all stress all the time. If you find that you're being stretched too thin, ask for help. There's nothing wrong with admitting that you are overwhelmed. Even if you're hosting a holiday party, you can still take time for yourself to de-stress. Go for a walk, write in a journal, or enjoy a cup of coffee. These are just small things you can do to regain your composure. See if you can take a day or even a few hours to have for yourself. Most people are off work for the holidays which means relaxing is encouraged.

Leave Your Work Behind

Work stresses almost all of us out at some point. Holidays are meant to be a much-needed break. If you're lucky enough to get some time off from work, then take it. Work will be waiting for you when you return. Enjoy this time with your loved ones instead. If you absolutely need to see what's happening at work, there are ways to do that without heading to the office. Passive network taps allow you to see what information and traffic are flowing between two networks. These monitored devices will also work if power is lost. They're a great way to give you peace of mind when you're not physically at the office.

Conclusion: Take Time to Relax

Overall, the holidays should be a time to de-stress. It's the end of the year and you should take the time to catch up on projects. Once your work is up to date, you can take the time to relax. It's not every day that you get to spend time with your family. Just remember that the holidays only come around once a year. They're supposed to be a time for you to relax so that you can start fresh when you return to work or whatever obligations you may have.

Elliot Caleira is a freelance writer in the self-mastery and health and wellness spaces. When he's not writing you'll find him cooking or teaching Portuguese classes. More articles by Elliot.

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