Those of us who love to read know that in addition to being a great pastime, it also is a remarkable stress reliever. it is impossible to focus on our worries and anxieties while caught up in a good book. From the endless To Do Lists, extra chores and extra burden on our budget, the holiday season can be a very stressful time for many. This article will offer several ways in which reading can be used not only for pleasure, but as a great stress reducer during the holidays.
Keep A Book In Your Handbag At All Times.
If you are waiting on an endless line to check out holiday purchases or sitting in a holiday weekend traffic jam, that book will surely come in handy. It will help to pass the time while being unable to do anything else but wait, and it will keep anxiety and irritation from creeping into your system.
Choose Your Reading Material Wisely During The Holidays.
If you tend to get very emotionally involved with the characters of the books you read, you may want to keep your reading light and entertaining during this time. The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s may not be the best time of year to read that tear jerking novel of the child kidnapped and held prisoner for many years, or the brave dog who died after a painful illness. Choose reading material that is inspirational, light hearted and generally upbeat.
Organize And Participate In A Book Club During The Holiday Season.
Adding one more obligation to your schedule during the holidays may seem counter productive to eliminating stress, but participating in a book club can be very relaxing during this hectic time. The evening or afternoon a week with good friends that share a passion for books the way you do, may be just the outlet you need to keep the season joyful and stress free.
Read Holiday Tales While Snuggling With Your Children Every Night.
Starting the night after Thanksgiving, spend at least a half hour every night reading “A Christmas Carol.” “Miracle On 34Th Street,” or any holiday themed book of your choosing. Revisiting these well loved classics as well as spending that quiet and cozy time with your children is a guaranteed stress buster.
Pass Along Well Loved Books To Friends And Family.
Every book lover surely has more books in their home than they really need. Pick a date after Halloween to go through the books with a eye toward donating favorite titles to loved ones. Not only does giving to others increase those feel good chemicals and alleviate stress, you will reduce clutter in your home which is also a guaranteed stress reliever. After your friends and family read the books you have given them, you can discuss it together at the next holiday gathering.
Drop Everything And Read When Stress Threatens To Take Over.
No matter how swamped you are during the holidays, make reading a priority. Taking the time to indulge in a few chapters of a favorite book or an issue of a magazine you love will ultimately make you more cheerful, relaxed and productive. Even if you were in the middle of wrapping a pile of Christmas presents or there is a mountain of laundry waiting for you, drop it all and read for a short period of time if you feel as though you are ready to explode from the tension and stress. You deserve to take care of yourself during the holidays, so that you can fully enjoy the special times with your loved ones as relaxed and joyful as possible.