D Smith: Reduce the holiday season stress

The pressure of shopping, socializing, organizing family events and the expense of buying gifts and food contributes to a stressful month.

Christmas and the holiday season is one of our most stressed times of the year.

We all want to be happy and to share the spirit of giving and taking care of others during this festive season.

However, the pressure of shopping, extra socializing, organizing family events and the expense of buying gifts and food contributes to a stressful month.

There are ways to manage stress. Take the time to become more self aware of events that contribute to stress and take steps to reduce and hopefully eliminate the stress in your life.

Self awareness techniques help reduce stress. We can take the time to review how we can become more self aware to move towards a healthy lifestyle.

Take time to relax. Step away from the constant to do list.  Once you distance yourself from your “to do list” this list should become easier to manage.

If you find you are too busy this holiday season, find ways to take more control of your daily activities. If holiday baking is making you stressful, buy the holiday baking you need.

When baking during the holiday season is part of your family holiday tradition and you find this relaxing and enjoyable, then make baking one of your priorities.

While shopping can be fun when done in short bursts of time, shopping when tired or hungry can be a frustrating experience. Your family and friends do not want you to spend your time and energy in a frustrating consuming event you do not enjoy. You can choose to limit gifts and limit your shopping trips.

Do not over spend—be realistic about your spending. Set a limit on the cost of presents and holiday spending.

If the stress of December makes you spend “money you do not have” then January will bring the stress of having to find the money to pay for December purchases, many of them already forgotten.

During this busy holiday season, take time for yourself.

If you prefer listening to music, then put the music on and dance around the room, if you prefer visual images to help relax, look at images; if you prefer exercise, go for a walk, a skate or a toboggan ride.

You can choose to do a calming or stretching exercise, such as yoga or tai-chi. Learn to become more playful. Humour and laughter can keep you young.

After a good laugh you will see the bright side of a situation. Watch a funny movie, read a light hearted book and hang with happy people—you will be amazed at how young you feel.

Don’t expect everyone to get along this holiday season; don’t expect miracles. If the family dynamics are not good during the year, expect some tension at Christmas gatherings. Avoid touchy subjects.  Try and keep family events full of fun activities to do.

Get enough sleep. Try to be moderate in all things you do. Eat drink and party in moderation.

Remember to exercise and relax every chance you get. Enjoy this holiday season—happy holidays!

Just Posted

UBCO Heat teams unable to secure any wins against Mount Royal Cougars

The mens and womens volleyball and basketball teams went 0-4, but all have rematches Saturday night

Rockets held scoreless in loss against Red Deer

Rockets will look for some points in final game of road trip against Edmonton

Kelowna’s definitive Christmas market list

We’ve prepared a list of every market in the Central Okanagan

Your guide to winter light ups around the Okanagan

From Vernon to Summerland, with a stop in Kelowna, we’ve found some activities for you to enjoy

New maintenance crew to look after Okanagan Connector

Acciona Infrastructure Maintenance Inc. will replace Argo Road Maintenance Inc. in 2019

Trudeau offers to help Pacific islands face climate change impact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the leaders from the Pacific island nations on Saturday during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea

BC Minister of Agriculture loses stepson to accidental overdose

Lana Popham announces death of her 23-year-old stepson, Dan Sealey

Canadian military’s template for perfect recruits outdated: Vance

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff says that the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing, particularly when it comes to cyber-warfare

‘Toxic’ chosen as the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Other top contenders for 2018 include ‘gaslighting’ and ‘techlash’

RCMP bust illegal B.C. cannabis lab

Marijuana may be legal but altering it using chemicals violates the Cannabis Act

Canada defeats Germany 29-10 in repechage, moves step closer to Rugby World Cup

Hong Kong needs a bonus-point win over Canada — scoring four or more tries — while denying the Canadians a bonus point

Avalanche Canada in desperate need of funding

The organization provides avalanche forecasting for an area larger than the United Kingdom

5 B.C. cities break temperature records

Parts of B.C. remain warm, at 10 C, while others feeling chilly

Hodge: The long road to recovery

Kelowna - The first week of recovery I was too consumed in pain to notice the lack of fluid.

Most Read