Tips for Surviving the Holidays in Tulsa

December 03, 2015

Surviving_Holidays_Tulsa.jpgHolidays are a festive time for being with loved ones, giving gifts, and enjoying some special treats. So why does it seem like the holiday experience also includes a lot of stress? While stress is part of the holidays for most of us, the good news is that there are a few things you can do to lower your stress and bring back some of that holiday joy you've been missing.

Just Say No

Social activities increase at this time of year, with everything from holiday events and caroling parties to "white elephant" gift exchanges at work. Although you may feel obligated to accept every invitation you receive, there's nothing wrong with saying no to a few. There are only so many hours in a day, especially since you probably also have to work and do your holiday shopping. It's okay to take a little bit of downtime!

Get Some Help

Do you feel like you can't possibly do everything by yourself? Consider hiring professionals like Domesticaide to clean your apartment before hosting a holiday party. Enlist your significant other to take on some of the shopping; get kids in charge of wrapping gifts. Delegate!

Include Things that Matter Most

Make time to be with family and friends. Keep up on holiday traditions like watching "It's a Wonderful Life" while drinking cocoa or joining in some of the fun holiday activities in Tulsa, like ice skating at Winterfest. Volunteer at a local charity or take some holiday treats to a neighbor.

Go Off-Peak

Crowds of people can be enough to dull anyone's holiday spirit. Keep your stress levels low and use your time more productively by finding ways to avoid the crowds. Order gifts online when possible or shop at off-peak times, like during the week if you can.

Maintain Healthy Habits

During the stress of the holidays, your good habits are more important than ever so that you can stay healthy. Try to avoid slacking off on your usual healthy habits during the holidays. Busier evenings can make it harder to get to the gym. Heavy meals, decadent sweets and wine can leave you feeling sluggish, and late nights mean you might be short-changing your sleep. 

Give yourself something to look forward to as a reward for getting through the holidays, too. Maybe a day at the Bella Vita Spa and Salon, just 10 minutes from Springs at Woodlands South will be just what you need.

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