December and the holiday season should be a time of merriment and festivities, but unfortunately, it’s also often filled with a never-ending string of stress. Constant stressors such as gift planning, traveling, decorating, and juggling day-to-day responsibilities can contribute to significant stress levels.
Stress is likely to contribute to high blood pressure and may lead to long-term health conditions! That is why it is important to consistently manage stressors and stress triggers! Use these skills to help keep your stress under control this December!
Set Realistic Expectations
One of the biggest causes of stress is spreading yourself too thin. When it comes to planning events and sending out RSVP’s, set realistic expectations, don’t make plans to do something every single night just because it’s the holiday season. Instead, prioritize your time in a way that’s realistic, and that leaves time for relaxation. You should also set realistic financial expectations when it comes to gift-giving. Sa price limit on gifts for everyone to follow to make it a stress-free holiday all around.
Overindulging during the holiday season not only leads to weight gain but can contribute to other stress triggers related to healthy eating, weight management, and personal health goals. To avoid this stress, don’t overindulge. Enjoy the holiday treats you want in moderation, but don’t go overboard. It’s a good idea only to indulge when you’re at a party or gathering, not every day of the month.
Make Time for You
Reduce stress by making time for you. Set aside 30 minutes each day that you can do something that relaxes you and makes you happy. Rather it’s walking, reading, or listening to music; do what you want to do! This time will help you calm down after a stressful day and prepare for the next day ahead of you. Making time for you is a good thing to practice all year round, but why not start now?
Monitor Your Health
If you start to feel too overwhelmed, it may be a good idea to visit your local urgent care for a check-up. Stress leads to high blood pressure, increased risk of heart attack and stroke, and much more. Sometimes seeing exactly how the stress is affecting you is enough to make you realize it’s time to stop stressing. Urgent care centers are everywhere; just go online to find the one closest to you!
Next time you start to feel overwhelmed during December, keep these tips in mind to make it more manageable. Your health and mental well-being are more important than any holiday, gift, or gathering!