The holiday season is upon us, and for many people, that means feeling overwhelmed by all the things they have to do. If you’re feeling stressed out, here are ways  you can  reduce your overwhelm this holiday season. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy the holidays without feeling frazzled.

Be mindful of your capabilities and recognise that you can’t do everything

The holiday season can become stressful when we set expectations too high and try to do more than we are capable of, causing us to feel overwhelmed or, worse, burned out. It’s important to be realistic about your capacity to do things over the holiday season and be aware of your physical and emotional limits.

Set healthy work-life boundaries

Don’t let yourself get overworked over the holiday season; take regular breaks, leave early if possible, and prioritise activities that help you to relax and unwind. A few hours spent doing something enjoyable can make a huge difference to your energy levels and emotional well-being.

Learn to say NO

Don’t feel like you have to say yes to everything. Don’t overcommit yourself or your time. Just saying no can be a huge relief and help you take control of how much you have on your plate this holiday season. If someone asks you to attend an event that will leave you drained, you can decline; if someone needs a hand, you can also say no if it’s over-committing you. Some people find it difficult to say no, but the more you enforce your own boundaries, the easier it becomes.

Prepare to deal with difficult or triggering people and behaviours

During the holidays, it can be hard to deal with overbearing family members, inappropriate questions or comments that are made. It’s important to remember that regardless of what someone else says or does, you have power over how you react. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and overstimulated, take a step back, take some deep breaths and remember that you can calmly set boundaries.

Simplify whenever possible to reduce overwhelm

Don’t overcomplicate things by trying to achieve too much over the holiday season. Look for ways to simplify your holiday tasks and enjoy simple, meaningful moments over the holidays. Finances may be tighter than usual for many this year due to the huge increase in the cost of living. Remember, the spirit of Christmas is about spending time with families. Don’t overspend or over-commit. Often, the simple things can be far more appreciated.

Remember to make some ‘me-time.’

It can be helpful to set aside some time over the holidays just for yourself. A few hours of self-care and relaxation over the festive season will help you stay mentally healthy and cope with stress better. Try activities like reading a book, taking a walk in nature, or having an uninterrupted bath.

Learn to practice mindfulness over the holidays

Mindfulness is a great way to reduce stress over the festive season. It involves bringing your attention to what you are doing in each moment, noticing thoughts and feelings without judgement, and allowing yourself to experience them fully. Mindfulness can be practised anywhere and at any time, so try to implement it over the holidays when stress levels are high.

Finally, don’t forget to ask for help

It’s normal to feel overwhelmed over the holiday season, but it doesn’t mean that you have to cope with everything on your own. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help; friends, family, and even professionals can provide much-needed support over the holidays. By delegating effectively, everyone can enjoy the festive season, and it’ll make your holiday experience much more enjoyable.

 With these tips, you can help reduce your holiday overwhelm and enjoy the season to its fullest. Remember to take care of yourself over the holidays and look after your mental health – a few simple steps can go a long way in helping to combat stress. If you have any other tips or advice for readers, put them in the comments below. 


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