According to scientific research, holiday stress and overindulgence are the main causes behind the rising number of heart attacks in the months of December and January. But despite the highly infectious frenzy of the Christmas preparations, there are ways for us to avoid being overwhelmed by them. Here are some very helpful tips to help reduce or totally do away with holiday stress so you can move on to enjoy the best of the holiday seasons.

Studies pinpointed holiday stress and excessive indulgence as the main culprits for the increasing number of heart attacks during the months of December and January. However, despite the contagious frenzy ingrained in the festive air of the Christmas preparations, there are ways for us to avoid being overwhelmed by them. With a little serious contemplation and some will power, you are sure to carry out these very helpful tips to help reduce or ditch holiday stress and move on to enjoy the holiday seasons for many years to come.

  1. Don't shop at the last minute.

All right, we all know how busy we all are. With the professional and personal burdens we have to undertake, we tend to find ourselves spreading way too thin that we hardly have the time to relax or even spend time for ourselves. So it has become customary for us during the height of the holiday preparations to do our yearly Christmas shopping on any day during the last week prior to Christmas day itself. And the good or bad thing about it(depends on how you take it, really) is that majority of the population have also acquired the same holiday shopping habit. With all of you crammed inside a mall, running around like crazy to complete your shopping list and faced with a bunch of harried sales personnels who are too worn-out to accommodate all the customers who keep flooding in at this time, expect your stress level to shoot up. Cut yourself some slack by appointing a specific day during the first week of the month to do your holiday shopping. You could also avail of Internet shopping or shopping via catalog, so you don't have to absent yourself from work or leave the comforts of your home.

  1. Don't forget to treat yourself.

All work and no play makes for a grumpy person. In the same way that always shopping for others without even thinking of yourself is sure to stress you out in the long run. Set a specific limit wherein you would reward yourself every time you've reached it. For example: After completing your shopping list for your family, try giving yourself a small present that does not really have to be expensive at all. It could be anything, so long as it is something you are sure to find enjoyable. Then continue with your shopping, this time aiming to complete another group. Do the same procedure you did with the previous group. Giving yourself little presents serve as perks to keep you going, lively, and not too stressed out. Aside from objects, you can also try a massage , a romantic dinner, exercise, or a night of soft music.

  1. Don't try covering all the holiday shows during the same year.

If there is such a thing as "frantic shopping", then there is also "frantic viewing". Attempting to maximize your bonding time with your family by wheezing from one holiday show to another would only wear you and everyone else out. So instead of enjoying the show together, all of you end up exhausted and sick to the stomach with all those holiday themes being forced into your psyche. The best trick is to simply select one or two very good ones, which you think you and your family are sure to enjoy.

  1. Get-togethers don't have to be restricted to the season alone.

Having a post-Christmas party does not reduce the fun out of the gathering itself. Doing this would allow you enough time to prepare and make it more memorable. At the same time, your guests might even appreciate it more since it does not compete with other gatherings they have to attend during the holidays. It is also possible for you to extend the holiday theme. Be creative and cook up some fun by coming up with wacky Christmas themes unlike those your guests have seen before.