Even though April is National Stress Awareness Month, we just started the most stressful time of the year for many adults, especially parents and teachers. Whether it’s planning holiday parties for your students and/or your own kids or rushing around trying to figure out what gifts to get everyone, the holiday season screams stress. To help you beat the effects of stress in your life, we’ve come up with a list of ways you can shake it off (just like Taylor Swift!) and actually enjoy the holiday season:

  1. Treat yourself to something special—like a hot fudge sundae or a manicure.
  2. Give yourself a “time-out”—chat with a friend over lunch, go to the gym, or catch a movie.
  3. Do something playful—like toss a Frisbee or jump rope.
  4. Prop your feet up and listen to soothing music or read a book.
  5. Take a relaxing bath or watch a funny TV show on Netflix.
  6. Light candles and relax in a pleasant environment.
  7. Close your eyes and let go of tension through deep breaths.
  8. Buy fresh flowers and enjoy their beauty.
  9. Sip hot tea or hot chocolate with marshmallows.
  10. Don’t let little things get to you—like traffic tie-ups or grocery lines (sing in traffic and think about all the good things in your life in line).

It’s important that you make sure stress doesn’t ruin your mood for the holidays (or turn you into a scrooge). Remember, taking time for yourself can only benefit you (and your holiday game plan) in the long run. Another great way to monitor your personal, social, and emotional health during the holidays and throughout the year is to read Building Your Bounce: Simple Strategies for a Resilient You.

Be sure to also read Judy Fujawa’s (Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Early Childhood Education for additional fun lists and tips you can use in your classroom.