The holiday season is a time for family gatherings and spreading cheer. However, alongside the cheer, various holiday stressors can cast a shadow on the celebrations.
Braving the holiday rush.
The end-of-year holidays bring happiness to many, but the stress of the season can be overwhelming. The responsibilities of entertaining, shopping, traveling, and various other tasks can add extra pressure to an already busy schedule. If you feel stretched too thin, taking a moment to pause is beneficial. If you can, it’s a good idea to plan your menus and think about gift ideas well in advance. Create lists of needed items and allocate a few days to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything before braving the holiday rush.
In recent years, we’ve seen a growing influx of advertisements on television and in magazines depicting holiday feasts and gifts beneath beautifully decorated Christmas trees. This can sometimes lead to overspending as people strive to meet these holiday expectations.
Holiday season stressors.
To avoid financial strain, set a budget and stick to it. While making your gift lists, determine the amount you can comfortably spend on each person and adhere to it. Consider pooling resources to purchase group gifts for friends or draw names from a hat to choose one family member to buy for instead of all of them. Also, think about giving handmade gifts such as baked goods, ornaments, a recipe book, or a photo album. Offering your time, like babysitting for a friend or cleaning out your grandmother’s attic, can also be a thoughtful gift.
On the other hand, this season often brings attention to the absence of family or social connections. If you’re away from your loved ones, consider ways to stay connected, such as email, videos, or video calls. When you feel isolated, look for local holiday concerts or community events to attend. You may also think about spending your time assisting those in need by volunteering at a local soup kitchen or food pantry or by distributing gifts to less fortunate children.
Preparing for the holiday season’s stressors can be challenging, but knowing what you might face and how to cope with those feelings is important. Look at the top holiday stressors and find ways to manage them.