Holiday Stress Tips

Post date: Dec 6, 2016 3:01:05 PM

By: Hannah Murray, Staff Writer

Posted December 6th, 2016

We all know that the holidays can be a very stressful time for people in general, but how about a highschool student with numerous tests coming up before break, extra curricular activities to attend, and holiday festivities to participate in all occurring at the same time? Well I have provided 5 tips to help get you through this demanding and busy month.

    1. Plan ahead. Make sure that you always have an agenda. Maybe have a planner not only filled with schoolwork and test dates but with times that you might decide to go christmas shopping, get some baking done, attend holiday parties, etc. Stay organized and stick to your schedule. This will make you feel at ease so you don't have to rush to get anything done at the last minute.
    2. Find time to exercise. I know that exercising might not be everyones favorite thing to do, but it has been proven to effectively relieve stress. Your workout doesn't necessarily have to be anything hardcore or extremely difficult. You could do anything from yoga to simply walking around town.
    3. Stay on top of things in school. Do not get behind and procrastinate when it comes to projects and tests that are coming up. Christmas break will really creep up on you fast so be sure to be doing your work over the course of the next couple of weeks, and do NOT do it all last minute. You'll regret it. Trust me.
    4. Learn when it's time to say no. You can't do everything and you can't always say yes. It may be difficult especially if you are offered to do something really fun, but you have to prioritize. Ask yourself if you realistically have enough time to get your chores done before you add another activity on top of it. It will pay off in the long run!
    5. Appreciate the season. Although this time of year can get pretty stressful, don't let it fly right by you. Take it all in and really get into the spirit of things. Enjoy decorating and seeing family and don't focus on the negative things in your life, live in the moment.

Happy (and stress free) Holidays!