November is a cozy month, filled with anticipation of the coming holidays where family and friends gather to celebrate the season. But it’s also the beginning of stressing out about getting everything done during the busy holidays. Here are five proven ways that you can use to reduce your holiday stress.

Hire a cleaning company to make your home sparkle

We know from firsthand experience just what a relief it is when we help our clients keep their homes clean. And this relief seems to double during the holidays when there are so many other obligations that people are trying to take care of. So let a professional cleaning company  like Buckets & Bows Maid Service take a huge part of your stress away by hiring someone to clean your home. We can’t do the cooking for your Thanksgiving dinner, but we can make sure that your home is sparkling clean and ready for guests.

Get some exercise

One of the best ways to reduce your stress during the holidays is to keep getting regular exercise. Physical activity can elevate your mood in addition to boosting your fitness and energy levels. Even though you might feel pressed for time during the holidays, be sure that you carve out an hour or so to stay active by taking a daily walk or hitting your gym.

Eat good food

It becomes harder during the holidays to stay away from sugary temptations since everyone seems to have a plate of holiday treats wherever you go. Whether it’s leftover Halloween candy or someone testing out a new brownie recipe for the upcoming holiday party, you’re sure to be battling your sweet tooth’s cravings a lot more. In order to keep your energy levels high, try to eat less of these sugary treats and instead fill up on healthy fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, beans, seeds, and nuts. Take a few polite bites of the goodies that people offer but don’t feel obligated to indulge too much.

Take time for yourself

The holidays are notorious for not giving you a moment alone to cope with your stress, but it’s critical that you make time to relax. Try to squeeze at least a fifteen minute break into your day where you clear your head and do some deep breathing. Some people find that this is a great time to treat yourself to a massage or a spa day, just a little something to take the focus off your to-do list for an hour or so.

Be generous

Doing something nice for someone else has a boomerang effect in making us feel good, too. During the holidays, one of the best ways to combat stress is to be generous with your family, friends, co-workers, and strangers. And being generous doesn’t mean spending a lot of money—generously offer to help with tasks and errands, give compliments, write cards, donate your time to a volunteer organization. Generosity comes with a ton of advantages, both to the person doing the giving and those on the receiving end. It’s a virtuous circle—when you give something, you benefit someone else which then circles around and benefits you by making you feel good.

We hope these tips help you to have a low stress holiday season. And if you need someone to help out with the cleaning, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 972-219-0400. We’re ready to make your home sparkle.