Ah yes, the Christmas season is upon us and as the hustle and bustle increases so does the stress. Most of the time we can handle it, sometimes we can't. When those times hit there are ways to combat them. Here are a few of the several ways I found on Helpguide.org. that can be applied all through the year, not just during the holidays.
First you must realize that "until you accept responsibility for the role you play in creating or maintaining it, your stress level will remain outside your control". Know what you can and can't do. If the church choirmaster asks you if you can make ten matching halos and wings for the children's choir and you really don't have the time. Say no. You won't go to hell for it. If you’re child asks you to drive him/her somewhere and you’re really swamped with other things – say no. You won't be reported to the Child Protection Agency for voicing it.
Put the most important/necessary tasks of your to-do list on top and the least at the bottom. If it has very little importance you might consider not doing it at all. See if you can volunteer some of the others in your family to help with some of the special cleaning, decorating and chores that are a part of "getting ready". I make a list of everything that needs to be done. I then tell my family members to pick a chore, put their name next to it and cross it off when it’s completed. It works in my house, maybe it will it yours.
You don't have to be an angel, so if there's something bothering you, talk it out. Don't let it come to a boil inside until it blasts out making you sound like a shrilling grinch.
Keep things in perspective. If something is irritating you, ask yourself will it matter in a month? A year? Is it really worth getting upset over? If the answer is no, focus your time and energy elsewhere.
Think of things that are positive, that includes, besides rainbows, puppies and kittens; your own good qualities and strengths such as compassion, creativity, honesty, courage, and/or loyalty, to name a few. Also try to think more positively. If you feel everything is going wrong, think, I can get through this if I take it one step at a time. Or I’ve been through this before, I can do it again.
No one's perfect, so don't demand perfection from yourself. Even Martha Stewart makes mistakes, though she does use the word perfect a lot.
Don't try to control those things that you can't. You can control how you will react but some things you don't have any power over, like Uncle Joe.
Get enough sleep. Studies have shown that people function best after seven to eight hours of sleep.
Try to exercise. It helps to boost endorphins and reduce stress—and research shows that 20 minutes each day is all that is needed to experience benefits.
And lastly do something for fun once a day. Throw in a CD or grab your i-pod and dance until you feel a smile coming on. Put together a puzzle with your family. Go to a park and take pictures. Do something silly either by yourself or with loved ones.
Another good site for tips is the American Heart Association.
Hope this helps a little bit. Have a wonderful and hopefully calmer holiday season.