| Halloween can be a night filled with delight as ghosts and ghouls take to the street knocking on doors and shouting for their trick-or-treats. This holiday can be a lot of fun (and actually pretty scary), yet, like most other holidays, it can also create a lot of stress from the amount of work that goes into catering for a party, decorating your house to be the spookiest on the street, or finding the perfect Halloween costume for you or your family.
Here are some tricks for keeping those stress levels low so you can enjoy your evening of frights:
1. Plan your festivities ahead of time.
Whether it's taking the kids out trick-or-treating, dressing up for a party, or visiting a haunted house, it can help to plan your evening ahead of time so that you can feel more prepared and less stressed in order to enjoy the haunts. Make sure to have costumes bought (or dusted off from the basement), pumpkins carved, and candy at the ready before the 31st to prevent feeling stressed from last-minute preparations.
2. Search Pinterest for ideas.
This is a great resource for easy (and cheap) ideas & instructions for DIY treats, costumes, or decorations. Just try not to spend hours searching the endless postings of creativity (I just had to stop myself...).
3. Relax while staying in the spirit of Halloween.
Try out a colouring book (made for both children and adults) that can help you to de-stress and have fun. Click here for an example*.
4. Help someone else get ready for the holiday.
See your neighbour struggling to put all those fake spider webs up? Why not give them a hand setting up. Altruistic behaviour has been shown to be associated with greater overall well-being and studies have shown that behaving compassionately towards others can even increase your lifespan.
5. Unwind by checking out funny Halloween clips on YouTube.
I'm not sure whether to laugh or feel embarrassed for these dressed up pets on Halloween (the lobster is my favourite). Also, if you need some scary sounds to scare the trick-or-treaters, check out this soundtrack.
6. Learn more about what happens when we're scared.
Let's face it.. Halloween can be really scary! Learning more about what happens inside our bodies when the fight-or-flight response is activated can help you better handle these situations. Consider taking some time to read about how our survival instincts trigger physical and mental health related problems so that you can learn practical strategies to adapt those innate survival skills to present day (or spooky) stress. You might want to check out your local library for some resources or -
7. Plan a Halloween trivia night at home or work.
Have fun while learning something you didn't already know about this holiday (and maybe even win a prize) by creating your own trivia night with friends & family. Wikipedia or Google can help with the details!
8. Get enough shut eye.
You may have heard this before, but sleep is very good for you. It can help prevent or reduce stress, recharge your energy so you can complete your list of tasks for the festivities ahead, and also help you stay awake to enjoy the evening of frights you have planned. Just make sure not to stay up too late watching those scary movies or it might be hard to get to sleep!
9. Plan ahead for leftover candy.
Not as many ghosts and ghouls on your doorstep as expected this year? Having a plan for all that leftover candy can help. Check out this wellness blog post on what to do with all that sugary temptation (including eating it) by clicking here.
10. Treat yourself to a night off after Halloween.
This year, Halloween is celebrated on a Monday evening, which means that on the 1st, you might need to get up early for work, get the kids ready for school, or start the chores for the week. After such an eventful (and possibly frightful) night, give yourself permission to take the night off the following evening, so that you can recharge for the week ahead.
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