The holiday season is a time dedicated towards gratitude, joy, and being surrounded by loved ones. However, it is becoming more and more common in today’s society for individuals to find themselves more stressed to get everything accomplished during the holiday season rather than enjoying the time itself. Research has shown that up to 69 percent of people are stressed by the feeling of having a “lack of time” during the holiday season. Here are some tips on how you can release the holiday stress and focus in on what's most important.

Write Out your Gratitude List

During the holiday season it is very common to become consumed in checking off our to-do list of presents for the whole family or work assignments to be completed before the New Year. Instead of getting wrapped up in the holiday consumption, try taking a few minutes out of each day to write 5 different things that you are grateful for. This list can range from simple bullet points to sentences that express the reasons behind your gratitude. The motion of writing out your gratitude will help clear your mind during this hectic holiday season. 

Hang Up and Hang Out

When spending time with family and friends, make it a priority to put away your phones and electronic devices to spend quality time with those in front of you. A good way to do this is to find a basket or bowel where everybody can put their phones in for the time being. You will find relief by not having to be constantly checking all the notifications coming in and instead share a laugh and conversation with those around you.

Find Something the Whole Family Can Enjoy

In order to have a stress-free time with the family, find an activity that everybody can find joy in. Whether that be a hike, playing board games, or going to a museum it is important to value what your whole family enjoys.

Get Moving

As we all know, one of the greatest ways to reduce stress is to move your body! Find ways to get your whole family moving such as a family winter Olympic games, or easy bike ride around the neighborhood. Being able to stay active will decrease stress and keep your body in top health over the holiday season.

Have a Dedicated Intentional Time

During a busy holiday season, it is important to schedule in intentional family time. This can be through having a meal every day or spending time in the evening around the fire place. When making this time a priority within the whole family, you have a greater chance of it being consistent.  Scheduling this time will be a great reminder to enjoy the little things and to relax the mind and body after a long day.