Light the Menorah and decorate the Christmas tree, the holidays are upon us! This time of year is full of giving, friends and family, spinning dreidels, and more! It’s also the time of year where some holiday stress can come to visit. From overspending on gifts, worrying about what gifts to buy, and making sure that you visit all of the family and friends who would be offended if you didn’t come visit them while you were home for break.

Here are a few tips to help make your season bright:

1.    Simplify. Santa needs to put something under the tree for your parents, grandparents, siblings and your best friend since kindergarten.  He does not need something for 300 of your closest friends and their cousins.

2.    Prioritize. Make a list of all that you need to do over break. Do what needs to be done first and complete it. Move on to the next thing.

 3.    Give away the Santa hat. Unlike Santa, you cannot be 10 places at the same time. Realize that you may not be able to attend every holiday party invitation sent your way. Know your limits and learn when to say yes and when to say no.

 4.    Say Ha Ha Ha! Laughter is our natural cure for stress. It can also boost your immune system and help fight off viruses. Plus it’s contagious, and when people are laughing with you, who can be stressed?

5.    Under Promise and Over Deliver. Agree to do only what you can realistically manage. Then, if you are able to deliver more than what’s expected, you shine! You’ll feel good about yourself and make others happy as well.

 6.    Tis the season to be jolly. Smile and say hello to someone. Give to someone else. Kindness is a spirit booster.

 7.    Take Care of yourself. Exercise, eat your fruits and veggies, and aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. These things will help keep your sanity and give you energy to complete your holiday to-do list!

How are you relaxing over break?

Written by Dionna Childs, Wellness Education Graduate Assistant