While the holiday season is many people’s favorite time of the year, it can also be the most stressful. Between hosting family, cooking for a crowd, and maintaining a clean home, the holiday season can leave one drained rather than enjoying the time spent with family. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that you can curb the stress of the holiday season.
1. Learn to Say No
The holiday season is filled with so many different events that you may end up having jam-packed weekends for two entire months. It’s probably not physically possible for you to attend all of these parties—and you probably don’t want to. Learn how to say no to friends and family. They will be understanding, because chances are, they are having the same dilemma.
Learning to say no goes for chores too. Many people use the holidays as an excuse to do some deep cleaning of their homes. But that’s better left for when you have more free time. Ask yourself if guests will really notice if you don’t wash the walls.
2. Get Enough Sleep
It needs to be said again: sleep helps stress. If you’re staying out all night at family parties or wrapping presents until the crack of dawn, then you’re only going to exacerbate your stress. Getting enough rest (at least 8 hours per night) during the holiday season is one of the best ways to combat fatigue and stress.
3. Don’t Procrastinate
You’ll drive yourself crazy if you’re cooking, cleaning, and wrapping gifts all in one day! Doing a little bit of everything in advance will help ease your to-do list.
The same goes for shopping. While holiday gifts may not be on your mind as early as September, it’s a great time to start keeping an eye out for things that are on sale–then you won’t be rushing last minute with the rest of the world.
4. Be Prepared
Do you struggle every year with the thought of hanging out with the in-laws or the fear that you have forgotten someone on your shopping list? Being overly prepared is never a bad thing.
If you have that one uncle that starts to get overly political at family gatherings, or that nosy aunt asking you questions you don’t particularly want to answer, prep yourself. Instead of dreading their arrival, think of some ways to curb the awkwardness before it occurs.
And what do you do about those acquaintances who may or may not be getting you a gift? Keep a few extra presents on hand for emergencies. Go for things that will work for just about anyone (including you, since you might end up keeping leftovers for yourself), like a bottle of wine or a nice kitchen item.
5. Treat Yourself
Don’t forget to give yourself a gift this holiday season—the gift of relaxation! Whether it’s taking a warm bubble bath or getting away from it all for a few days, don’t forget to be a little bit selfish. You’ll be more fun to be around if you feel relaxed.
One great way to relax before, after, or during the holidays is to get away for a couple of nights at a local hotel. Taking a “staycation” will give you the chance to escape without the stress of traveling. Beechwood Hotel would love to host your staycation, and we have special rates for local residents looking to get away this holiday season. Simply ask about our Staycation Promotion when you make a reservation!