Holidays are associated with three things: fun, food and family. But the reality is that things can become stressful. A study has revealed that 62% of people experience elevated levels of stress during the holiday season, which later drops when the big day has passed.
Knowing how to find healthy coping mechanisms to reduce stress can make your holiday more enjoyable. Here are five tips to get you started.
Plan things in advance
Holidays are a season that leaves many of us booked and busy, which is why it matters that you plan in advance. Whether it is buying gifts, planning a dinner, entertainment or going to your destination, doing these things in advance can give you one less thing to worry about and focus on enjoying your holiday. After all, the whole point is for you to have a great time and relax while you are at it.
Keep your holiday budget under control
It is crucial to keep track of your holiday spending. Not having a budget in place that leaves room for emergency spending can easily lead to things spiralling out of control. When it comes to overspending, 76% of South Africans tend to spend more than they had planned.
Make sure that you budget for every possible expense that could pop up; from clothes, food, entertainment, transport and emergencies. Doing this in advance can also help give you enough breathing room to save up towards the big day.
Avoid binge eating
Research by the American Psychological Association revealed that when we are stressed, we are most likely to binge on food, consume more alcohol or snack on food that does not have nutrients to keep us going.
Not only does this compromise our health, but it is likely to leave us feeling exhausted and more stressed than before which can trigger arguments with loved ones, not getting sleep and neglecting our overall health. Remember to take small portions and eat foods that are rich in fibre and nutrients.
Remember to rest
Stretching yourself too far is a recipe for anxiety and stress. When it comes to making plans to meet up with people or financial commitments, make sure that it is something that you will be able to do without spreading yourself to thin. Take rest days where you rest and focus on relaxing. It's better to be clear on what you can and cannot do with your loved ones than biting off more than you can chew.
Take some time out
Social fatigue is real. Whenever possible, make sure to take some me time where you do something relaxing, go for a short walk or meditate. Always pay attention to your body and your feelings to ensure that you are on top of your game.