The holiday season is here once again, and while it is known as the season of joy, for many people it becomes the season of stress. There are plenty of reasons why finances, rowdy shopping crowds, family drama, and trying to do it all, to name just a few. But we have a little holiday gift for you -  a short online holiday stress quiz and six stress busting strategies that can turn your no-no-no into a ho-ho-ho.

 

  • 1

    Accept That You Are Not Super-Human

    We all want to have fun and enjoy the holidays, but we are not super-human we just cannot do everything. So many people get caught up in the tendency to go overboard with gifts, food, and family gatherings. Does it really matter if you bake those extra sugar cookies?  Don't be afraid to cut down on the craziness and enlist the help of other so you have some time to relax and truly enjoy the holiday season

  • 2

    Get Your ZZZZ's

    Lack of sleep can cause you to feel foggy and irritated and can compromise your immune system leaving you more susceptible to sickness. Getting enough rest will give you the energy you need to fight the mall traffic, wrap gifts or bake your famous pie.

  • 3

    Let The Sun Shine

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD), is a condition that often occurs in the winter months due to shorter days and more darkness. Get outdoors on sunny days and if it is really bad, consider purchasing  a phototherapy light box (a box that emits full-spectrum light).

  • 4

     Don't Be the Hostess with the Mostess

    Even if it has been a tradition to host the gathering at your home, sometimes it can be overwhelming. The host usually gets stuck with the bill and the work. By holding the celebration at a restaurant, you can finally enjoy the party too!

  • 5

    Find Time for Fitness

    After a day of holiday shopping or a stressful visit with the family, going for a run or working out might be the last thing on your mind, yet it might be exactly what you need. Exercise helps you to re-energize and improve your mood and mental clarity.  Find time to get at least 30 minutes of activity most days of the week.

  • 6

    Tune In

    We all know music helps improve our mood. Turn up your favorite tunes, whether or not they are holiday tunes and let the stress melt away.