While this time of year is often filled with joy and excitement, it can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. As you are preparing for finals and planning your holiday activities, whether it’s a trip home or staying put, learning how to deal with these stresses will help you have a more enjoyable holiday.
Here are some tips to help reduce stress this holiday season:
Let your family know about your plans and preferences for the holiday before you arrive home. Listen to their preferences and plans as well.
Make certain your plans include your family in some way. Think of some things you have in common with them or things you enjoy doing with them and request to do those things. Include your parents in the planning and scheduling of these activities.
Discuss with your parents regarding changes, i.e. curfew. Negotiation may need to occur.
Be prepared for the endless questions from family. How was this semester for you? What’s your GPA? What’s your major again? What are you going to do with that? Have you met any new friends? What clubs have you joined? Why did you choose that one? There are literally infinite questions that your parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and just about everybody else in your family can and will ask. Be completely prepared to feel like you’re being interviewed for a job based on how well this semester went.
Have a lot of tasks to complete? Make a to-do list in chronological order to minimize stress.
Gift exchanges! Enjoy the present and try not to worry about what may be lacking.
Stay active and continue to eat a balanced diet.
Make time for yourself and your needs, even when hosting guests in your house.
Keep tabs on your holiday spending. Make a budget and stick to it, no exceptions.
Learn to say no. It’s OK not to do everything.
Renew your lease! Reduce stress down the road and renew your lease before the holidays!
Leaves Changing, College Game Days, Sweaters, Boots, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Bonfires, and Haunted Houses! Autumn is the time of year when the weather is just right and the holiday festivities are just getting started.
So how do you celebrate the month of October? Need some inspiration on how to make this month all it is cracked up to be? Check out our list of activities to try out in October!
Carve or Paint a Pumpkin! - Grab a group of friends, take a break from schoolwork, and get creative! Download free printable templates from online.
Find a local Apple Orchard – Put on your boots and head out to pick apples! Fresh apples make the best homemade desserts, like these Pumpkin Apple Muffins!
Decorate your Doors and Patios - Share you Halloween spirit with your neighbors by decorating your front door. If you want to get more value for your money, buy things that will last for future Halloweens.
Dress Up For Halloween - No matter what you choose to be for Halloween, it will be better than not dressing up! Whether you want to be a one person show, or you want to do group costumes, your choices are unlimited.
Watch Halloween Movies - Make a list of the Halloween movies you want to watch each night of October, or search your streaming device for Halloween related movies and add them to your watch list.
Make a Halloween Playlist - From soundtracks of your favorite Halloween flicks to modern music, there is so much to choose from when it comes to a festive mix. Songs you must include are the Monster Mash, Thriller, Ghostbusters, The Addams Family theme song, and This is Halloween!
Host or Attend a Costume Party - Seeing what people look like dressed up can be the best part of Halloween!
Do Something Thrilling - Go to Halloween Horror Nights, a local Haunted House, Haunted Hayride, or even a Ghost Tour.
Buy Fall Candles and/or Air Scents - Make your room, entire apartment, or car smell like the season itself!
Make Holiday Treats – Pumpkin flavored everything! Try out some holiday favorites like Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars or caramel apples.