With the holiday season in full swing, stress levels are sure to be high – so we’ve put together a list of tips to help you relax and get through the holidays with less stress and more serenity.

1. Make time for you

Don’t let holiday planning take over your life. Keep up with your daily routines and leave some time to take care of yourself – go on a walk, continue reading your book, or do something that makes you happy.

Make time for you


2. Do less so you can enjoy more

Find ways to scale back on planning and décor so you aren’t overwhelmed about everything that needs to get done. Setting realistic expectations will allow you more time to enjoy yourself and your family.

Do less so you can enjoy


3. Remember what the season is about

Stop focusing on the lights and gifts and focus on what the season is actually about – celebrating and spending time with loved ones. Be in the moment and don’t worry about materialistic things.

remember the good times


4. Sweat before the party

Make time for a quick run or yoga class. Exercise has been proven to decrease levels of tension which will help reduce your stress and anxiety.

Sweat before the party


5. Let go of perfection

Be satisfied with what you do and stop obsessing about making things perfect. The world won’t end if your house is a little messy, so don’t sweat the small stuff.

Let go of perfection


6. Plan ahead

Don’t leave everything until the last minute. Make an organized list of everything you need to get done and figure out the best way to accomplish it sooner rather than later.

Plan ahead


7. Ask for help

There is no rule that says you have to do everything on your own. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your spouse, your children, or even your guests.

Ask for help


8. Get some shut eye

Between holiday shopping and party planning, the season is sure to leave you short on sleep – but it’s important to try and sleep at least seven hours a night as sleep deprivation can affect your mood.Get some shut eye