If this is the happiest season of all, then why do we sometimes feel so stressed out? We all have errands to run, gifts to buy, events to attend, goodies to bake, and no matter what we do, sometimes it feels like we’re drowning in a pool of hustle and bustle. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. From all of us here at Horizon Family Medical Group, here are a few tips that we hope might help make your holidays merry and bright.
Tip 1: Remember what it’s about
It’s not about the perfect present, or your legendary Bundt cake. Don’t forget the reason for the season, and especially, the people in your life. They don’t care what you gave them or what you cooked up, they care you’re there. It’s about the people, and being together. If that’s your first priority, perspective can help melt the stress away.
Tip 2: It’s okay to tell people no
Just say no. It’s too much. You simply can’t do it all this holiday season. And it’s not healthy to overextend yourself. Be courteous, and tactful, and honest. People understand. We’re all busy. Who knows, they may just follow your lead and knock a little stress off of their own holiday docket. Remember, this is supposed to be fun. Make sure to keep it that way. 
Tip 3: Practice mindfulness
Take time to pay attention to how you feel. The holidays can be wonderful, and they can be difficult. Some of us have lost someone this year. It’s okay to feel sad. It’s okay to feel lonely. It’s okay to feel whatever you’re feeling, you don’t have to always put on a happy face. Just pay attention to those feelings and look for ways to reach out. Be mindful of your thoughts and focus. And take time to allow yourself that introspection.  If you feel like you need help, please call us to make an appointment. Our doctors have your best interests at heart.
Tip 4: Don’t break the bank
Financial stress is brutal. It’s wonderful you want to give, but not at the expense of debt. Don’t let a few happy moments of giving turn into a year of financial ruin. Make a budget, and stick to it. Again, it’s not about the gifts, it’s about the people and the season.
Tip 5: Eat, sleep, and be merry (and exercise)
Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Get enough sleep. And make a little time for exercise. When your body is healthy, you’re better equipped to ward off and manage stress.
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