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The Top 5 Timeless Tips for Handling Holiday Stress

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“Warmth to your igloo, oil to your lamps, and peace to your hearts!”
inuit proverb

Vacation is approaching.

Time for relaxation and more time you need people closest to us.

Time of stress and worry. Not all the joys expected or promised by bright advertisements and films were obtained.

It can be a confusing time.

So today we would like to share with you 5 timeless and powerful tips to make the New Year and 2023 a more joyful and peaceful time.

1. Slow down.

“For immediate relief, try slowing it down.”
Lily Tomlin

First, slow down. Even if it feels silly and you have to push yourself a little. Move slowly and walk slowly.

Breathe slowly and deeply into your belly (focus on breathing for two minutes and see what happens).

Eat slowly (not only will this help you relax, but it will also help you avoid overeating on vacation, as it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to realize you’re full).

Slow it all down and pay attention to what you’re doing.

Stay here now and focus on doing only one thing at a time.

By slowing down, being in the here and now, and not focusing too much, your body and mind will begin to relax.

2. Appreciate the little things instead of striving for perfection.

“Nobody can be put down by a balloon.”
winnie the pooh

Daily happiness depends on being grateful for the little things.

If you just allow yourself to achieve big goals and be happy when everything is perfect, you’re making life harder than it needs to be.

Instead, focus on being grateful for the things you take for granted.

Take two minutes and find out what you are grateful for in your life right now.

If you need some suggestions, here are a few things you’ll appreciate while on vacation.

  • all delicious food.
  • my health.
  • my family and friends.
  • Having a roof and a warm house because it’s snowing and the cold wind is blowing.
  • beautiful winter landscape.

3. Give someone a little joy.

“Giving joy to others will give you more joy, so think carefully about the happiness you can give.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

This may sound like an empty cliche, but it certainly works. One of the best ways to be happier is simply to make other people happier.

When you make someone happy, you can feel it, see it, feel it, hear it. And that happy feeling will come back to you.

And since the law of reciprocity is strong, there is another advantage. People will want to give back to you.

Or like paying someone else up front.

And the two of you (or more) will continue to build an upward spiral of positivity, help, encouragement, listening and support, for example.

4. Focus on what is most valuable.

“You can’t have enough things you don’t need to make you happy.”
Eric Hoffer

Joy is not in things. it’s in us.
benjamin franklin

Instead of focusing on many things, focus on what is most important and valuable to you.

If you still need to buy Christmas presents, instead of giving away a lot of expensive things, you might want to give one that your recipient really appreciates.

Alternatively, you can skip giving the physical one altogether. Instead, give him or her a special day and an experience that will be cherished and remembered for both of you.

However, if you choose to let things go on vacation, make your choice while you can. Mostly you need a lot to make you feel deflated.

5. Just accept how you feel

“Nothing can be changed until it is accepted. Condemnation does not release, it suppresses.”
Carl Jung

Try the tips above.

And they can’t help you shake off any negativity, worries, or stress you’re carrying.

Tell yourself: this is how I feel right now and I accept it.

This may sound counterintuitive and give up.

But by embracing your feelings instead of resisting them, you can reduce the emotional energy you’re pouring into this conflict or problem.

And it tends to slow down like a car running out of fuel.

At times, problems and conflicts can become so weak that they slip out of your mind.

Accepting things as they are frees up energy and attention, allowing us to re-cool our minds and become more open and constructive.

Then you can see more clearly and take focused action towards a solution.

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