5 Ways to Avoid Stress (and to keep Smiling!) during the Holidays

December 5th, 2014LIFE and SmilesComments:0

Are you stressed with just the thought of all the things you need to do for the holidays? Here are some tips to help you get through this hectic season with your sanity – and your smiles – intact.

Make a list, and check it twice (or more)

plan list

List down the things you need to buy, the events you have to attend, and other things that will take up your time during the holidays. This way, you can minimise or even avoid forgetting crucial items or events.

Check your calendar

calendar check

Fill in your calendar with the events that you need to go to, so you can avoid “overbooking” and rushing from one gathering to another in the same date/time.

Avoid last-minute shopping

Colorful shopping bags holding by human hand

If you can manage to do so, shop early for Christmas presents so you can avoid the huge crowds of last-minute shoppers. you can also opt to do your shopping online to avoid the stress of going from store to store, in your quest to buy the perfect Christmas present.

Squeeze in small gatherings

holiday small gathering

You don’t always have to prioritise big parties with huge groups of people. Find the time to attend smaller gatherings that let you enjoy the intimacy of being with people close to your heart, without the stress of dealing with big groups of people.

Find time to be alone

alone time

Your alone time can be a spa trip, going to your dental appointment, or even just staying home curled up with an interesting novel. This time alone lets you de-stress, and gives you the peace and quiet to recharge before you go to your next holiday activity.