5 Tips for Managing Holiday Stress

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and also the most stressful. As the holiday season approaches, borrow these 5 tips to reduce stress and prevent chaos.

Manage Your Time and Money

Every time you get an invitation to a rehearsal, party, or work event, write it down immediately. Make a list of the expenses you expect this season, and plan ahead. If you look ahead every week, it won’t be so overwhelming when you need to spend time and money on holiday obligations.

Fight those Feelings of Melancholy

The holiday season is supposed to be the happiest, most heartwarming time of year, and some moments are definitely magical. However, depression, disappointment, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) are real risks during the winter. Take a daily jog to release endorphins, and forgive yourself for not being merry at all times.

Remember the Beauty of Moderation

It’s difficult to avoid overindulgence while participating in delicious and festive traditions. The holidays are full of cocktails, feasts, and an endless parade of treats. However, excess isn’t your friend. Pause before you make a second drink or hit the buffet table, and give yourself time to digest and cool off.

Plan Ahead to Find the Perfect Gifts for Everyone

The best way to survive the holiday shopping season is to skip it altogether, but it’s probably more practical to plan ahead. Throughout the year, scout sales events and keep a running list of gift ideas on your phone or computer. You’ll feel enormous relief when December rolls around and you already have presents or specific ideas for everyone.

Schedule Some “Me Time” with Dunedin Massage Therapy

Even when your to-do list feels endless, schedule some “me time” amid the holiday chaos. At Raveling Chiropractic Center in Dunedin, massage therapy is our clients’ favorite way to alleviate anxiety. Tell your houseguests you have a doctor’s appointment, drop the kids off with their grandparents, and treat yourself to a massage, manicure and matinee movie.

Besides a visit to your Dunedin chiropractor, what will you do to combat holiday stress this year?

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