Oh, the joy of the holiday season… packed stores, visiting relatives, and so much to do. Feeling overwhelmed yet? Stress is the last thing you want if you’re trying to avoid acne breakouts. So take a deep breath and let us show you how the holidays can be as stress-free as 1-2-3!

1) Write Lists and Stay Organized

If planning your holiday season parties or shopping or cooking is stressing you out, it’s time to step back and regain control of the situation!

To-Do lists can be a great help in organizing your holiday season. Split your responsibilities into categories, or into lists for specific events that you’re hosting or attending. Seeing the things you need to do in front of you, and crossing them off when you’re done is a great way to take back control of your time and the things you need to accomplish.

We also recommend making a list of those last minute tasks that you still need to accomplish as we get closer to the holidays. Being able to see those tasks in front of you can help you to remember to get them done, and also reduce the stress levels that can come along with thinking you don’t have enough time, or that you’re forgetting something important.

2) Keep Your Schedule Manageable

The holiday season can be the best of the year, and also the busiest. Family and friends are hosting dinners, parties, hangouts, and you might be too. And all of those plans can fill up your calendar very quickly.

Managing your schedule, and not stretching yourself too thin can go a long way towards lowering your stress levels and increasing your enjoyment of the season. We suggest creating a calendar for the holiday period on a piece of paper or a white board – and writing in all of the events that you have been invited to. Once you’ve done that, you can start making decisions about which events are highest priority, and which you think will be too much for you to manage.

If a friend has invited you to a holiday party and you can’t make it because you are double booked, or you have other things that you need to get done, offer to make plans with them in the new year so you can catch up, talk about the holidays, and spend some quiter quality time with them.

3) Carve Out “Me Time” During The Holidays

With that busy schedule and all of the responsibilities you have over the holiday, it can be easy to forget to take time for yourself. However, we know that “Me Time” is important to lowering your stress levels.

On the calendar that you’re using to track all of the events you’re attending and hosting, make sure to reserve some time that’s just for you. Even if you’re only able to take an hour or two during a busy day to rest, relax, recharge, you will be helping yourself in the long run. Make a nice hot cup of tea, sit down with a good book, or game, or your favourite craft, and just remove yourself from the busyness of the season.

If you have any holiday season stress fighting tips that you would like to add, leave a comment on this post!

And, from everyone here at Team Benzagel, we would like to wish a very happy holiday season to you and the people you love!