De-Stressing From the Holidays

The most wonderful time of the year, huh? So why do the holidays sometimes feel like a month-long panic attack? “During the holidays, people have such high expectations for things to be perfect,” says Jon Abramowitz, PhD, professor of psychology and director of the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In other words, we take on too much, then feel anxious and stressed out when reality doesn’t measure up to the flawless fantasy in our heads.

The best way to dodge holiday stress: Take a time-out. A break from the hubbub re-energizes and refocuses you, making you able to avoid holiday stress (or at least handle it better). Plus, it doesn’t take much time. Whether you have 15 minutes or just one, here’s how to catch a break that will restore your sanity and your ability to savor the season.

15 Minutes

Be a uni-tasker Even if you’re a veteran multitasker, taking on too much at once can make you feel frenzied over time. So when you hit the next semi-enjoyable item on your to-do list—mixing up a batch of cookie dough, say, or stringing popcorn for the tree—drop everything else and focus your attention on the task at hand: what it feels, smells, sounds and/or tastes like. “You’re still getting something done, but by giving yourself permission to be fully immersed in the experience, you’re mentally recharging yourself,” says Kate Hanley, author of The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide: 77 Simple Strategies for Serenity. “It’s like meditation in motion.”

Create a holiday playlist Nothing makes you feel merry and bright faster than seasonal songs, from “Winter Wonderland” to “Silent Night,” and with good reason: Research shows that listening to music can crank down stress hormones, lower blood pressure and heart rate, and kick your anxiety to the curb. So make it easy to listen to holiday songs by creating a playlist of your favorites in iTunes, then playing it in the background while you wrap gifts. Or go to Pandora.com and tune into one of their holiday stations, like Peaceful Holidays or Swingin’ Christmas.

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