Steps to LivingWell

December is typically a busy month with social engagements, house guests, visiting, shopping and all the other “to-dos”, and can be stressful and overwhelming for many. The holidays can bring additional stress from multiple travel plans, changes in routines and even seasonal depression. Try these five helpful tips to minimize your stress.grandmother

  1. Set realistic goals: During the holiday season visiting family and friends is always on the list. Make sure you schedule ample rest time throughout and allow for plenty of transportation time in between visits so there’s no rushing.
  2. Keep set schedules: You’re used to waking, eating and going to bed at a certain time, make sure to respect your schedules. Staying up late and eating later can cause stress and be difficult to adjust to.
  3. Keep expenses to a minimum: Travel, gifts and eating out at fancy restaurants can start to take their toll on the cheque book, so create a realistic budget and stick to it.
  4. Plan appropriately: A six-hour shopping trip may not be the best idea, with lots of walking, crowds and long periods of standing.
  5. Keep friends and family around you: Holidays can also bring sadness for many. Be sure not to isolate yourself.

With some practical tips, you can minimize the stress that can accompany the holidays. You may even end up enjoying the holidays more than you thought you would. Best wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy holiday season.