It’s inevitable; during every holiday season at least one person will have a meltdown. Perhaps it’s your Mom, Dad, your child, or maybe even your spouse (and maybe even you…but your secret is safe with us). We’ve reviewed stress-relief tips from the professionals at the Mayo Clinic and health magazines, compiling the five things you can do to avoid a holiday meltdown.
Steps to prevent an emotional holiday meltdown
Step one. Acknowledge your feelings. This time of year is stressful. During the holidays everyone should be happy and having a great time. Of course, we all have our own ideas of exactly what ‘a great time’ should be, and rarely does everyone agree. It’s okay to feel a little overwhelmed and disappointed when things don’t go according to your idea of a perfect holiday, as long as you still make the effort to enjoy yourself.
Step two. Identify and stick to your goals. The top causes of stress over the holidays come from blowing your budget, blowing your diet and not accomplishing what you wanted. Be realistic about your goals for this holiday season when setting them and stick to them as best you can. Not only will you finish up the holidays without the stress that comes with broken goals, you will have accomplished something that very few people manage to do and be proud of yourself for it.
Step three. Say no when you need to. This goes back to setting realistic expectations. Most of us simply can’t get everything done that we want to, let alone what everyone else wants us to do. Make sure you have your plan and if you don’t have the time or the logistics don’t make sense, simply say no (politely, of course). Remember, there is nothing wrong with saying no and it’s a lot clearer than “maybe” or “I’ll try.” Stick to your guns and make sure you enjoy your holiday.
Step four. Set aside some “me time.” This may be the most important one of all. The holidays can be overwhelming, and we all need a little break each day to pull ourselves together. If walking the dog is your break, go walk the dog. If exercise is your break, go exercise. If time for coffee and the paper in the morning is your break then do it. Remember, it really doesn’t matter what your break is as long as you take time each day to do whatever gives you the chance to relax and start fresh.
Step five. Plan ahead. This one seems simple yet it is commonly overlooked. You have the meals planned and the guest list, but what about the stresses that happen throughout the occasions? Think of family disagreements in the past and know how to spot them before they escalate. It’s absolutely possible to quell most disagreements before they get out of hand, especially the recurring family ones.
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