Avoid Stress, Anxiety and Insomnia This Holiday Season

Dr. Craig Hudson, MD | December 19, 2017

We often joke about the stress of the holiday season getting the better of us, but when it starts to have a negative impact on our sleep, it is time to get serious about relieving that stress.

This holiday season, minimize your anxiety and get a goodnight’s sleep every night with these simple tips.

1. Get Holiday Shopping and Wrapping Done Ahead of Time

Waiting until the very last minute to purchase gifts for your loved ones is a sure-fire way to gift yourself some sleepless nights. Take a more proactive approach to gift-giving by selecting, buying and wrapping your gifts at least a few days before the busiest days of the season.

2. Make a List and Check it Twice

Are you hosting your family and friends this year? Even if you aren’t usually a list person, the holidays are a prime time to flex your organizational skills. Draft up a list of all the things you need to get done to alleviate the fear that you are forgetting something. As you cross off the tasks on your list, permit yourself to savour that feeling of accomplishment.

3. Delegate Tasks Where Possible

There is no law that says you have to do everything yourself. Lighten the load by assigning tasks to other family members. Not only will you feel less overwhelmed, having everyone participate in the preparations is a great way to spend time together.

4. Create a Budget

Money woes can keep you up at night, no matter what time of year it is. Of course, if money is already tight, the holidays can be particularly stressful. Budgeting your holiday spending can ensure you aren’t spending money that you do not have.

5. Enjoy Holiday Treats in Moderation

Overindulging in sugary and fatty foods is a holiday tradition, but overeating these kinds of foods comes with unpleasant side effects like indigestion, weight gain and insomnia. Enjoy these delicious treats to avoid the nasty side effects.

6. Resist the Temptation to Binge Drink

Alcohol is another temptation that defines the holidays. Binge drinking is unhealthy at any time of year, and the holidays are no exception. In adults young and old, binge drinking has been connected to higher instances of self-reported insomnia.

This holiday season, make your health a priority. Take this time to relax and recharge. Armed with these tips, you will be able to minimize holiday stress and combat insomnia.

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