The holiday season is special, memorable, and fun – but it can also be busy, demanding, and tense. The impact of stress on heart health has been well documented, so it’s important to do what you can to minimize holiday stress.
There are some things you can do to help reduce stress during the holidays, including:
Plan early. Establishing your holiday plans and gatherings early can help you feel more content with what to expect throughout the season.
Be okay with saying no. Carefully consider your obligations and avoid taking on more than you can handle to prevent excess stress.
Stick to a budget. Financial stress is a common concern during the holidays. Talk to family ahead of time and stick to a comfortable budget.
Practice mindfulness. Practicing mindfulness is a great way to manage and reduce stress and promote a healthy heart.
Mindfulness can be a powerful tool to maintain perspective and stay calm through the chaos. We have a few tips, which we’ll share below.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a practice of noticing when you get distracted – by to-dos, past or future events, news or other events – and bringing your attention to the present. It’s been shown to decrease stress and increase calm, and it can make your holidays more enjoyable.
Use Mindfulness to Minimize Holiday Stress
Here are some tips from Johns Hopkins on staying mindful this holiday season
- Recognize What Really Matters: As you’re shopping, wrapping, baking or cooking, try to stay present and connected to the season. Waiting in line or stuck in traffic? Use those moments to take a deep breath and reflect.
- Let Good be Good Enough: We want everything to be perfect at the holidays, but that’s an unrealistic expectation. Acknowledge that imperfection is normal and inevitable.
- Respond to Stressors with Kindness: Understand that most people are stressed during the holidays, and extend kindness whenever possible.
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