Ten Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress

Here are some tips to make this season a little easier and more joyous from Dr. Jack F. Sarro D.C., Clinic Director

Sarro Chiropractic Back and NeckCenter | 198 Columbia Road | Hanover | MA | 02339

This is an important topic as the holiday season is fully under way and stress can put a significant damper on family festivities.  Excessive stress can also be very hard on our health.  Stress is associated with heart disease, weight gain, depression, and joint pain. 

  1. Make lists. Organize your daily and weekly tasks to plan ahead.  Check off items as you complete them.  This will make      things manageable and reduce becoming overwhelmed.                                                                                                                         
  2. Spread out shopping. Plan days that are for gift shopping and separate days for food shopping and errands.  Spread these days out over several weeks.
  3. Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be postcard perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow,      traditions and rituals often change as well.
  4. Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations.  Grievances can be dealt with at a later date.
  5. Don’t overspend. It makes us feel good to give gifts, but overspending can lead to financial stress both before and after the holidays.  Homemade deserts or crafts don’t have to be expensive and are very thoughtful gifts.
  6. Hire a mothers helper or babysitter. This will free up some of your time and energy for uninterrupted gift wrapping, decorating, or meal planning.
  7. Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling stressed, resentful and overwhelmed.  Friends, co-workers, and family will understand if you have to scale back on commitments.
  8. Continue your healthy habits. Overindulging on sweets, alcohol, and neglecting your sleep and exercise program can leave you feeling run down.  Try to practice moderation this season, and you’ll start off the new year on a good note.
  9. Have fun being creative. Look through some magazines for new recipe ideas and go shopping for a new holiday outfit.  Take time each week to watch a holiday movie with friends and family.
  10. Take time for yourself. Spending 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do.  Take a walk at night and stargaze, get a massage, have a chiropractic treatment, and listen to soothing music.  Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind and relaxing your body.

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