Tips For The Holidays: How To Enjoy, Not Stress

Tips For The Holidays: How To Enjoy, Not Stress


The holidays are a wonderful time each year. But they can also be very stressful. In fact, many people find they dread the season because of the extra anxiety associated with dealing with relatives, extra expenses, and additional activities.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are things you can do to lessen the stress of the season and enjoy the season and the people around you. Here are some ideas:

  1. Be realistic about how much you can do. There are always too many parties and events. Instead of trying to do them all and wear yourself down so you don’t enjoy them, select a few that are most meaningful (and best fit your schedule). Then enjoy them to the fullest.
  2. Don’t overspend. Another source of stress can be financial. It’s natural to want to buy gifts for children and grandchildren, but it can be expensive, and the extra monetary burden can be a problem. A couple of ways to avoid this are to budget for presents or perhaps even make gifts. Banks still offer Christmas Club savings accounts that you can contribute to all year to have extra funds for presents.
  3. Understand you’re not alone. Almost everyone experiences stress during the holiday season, and that can cause family interactions to be stressful, too. Put yourself in your relatives’ shoes. They’re likely also trying to do too much, spend too much, and eat too much. Be mindful of this, and many conflicts resolve themselves. (You might even show them this blog post.)

At Mt. Vernon, we hope you have the best of holidays, and we’ll work to make the season more relaxing and enjoyable for all our residents.

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