The holidays can be overwhelming. Follow these self-care tips to relieve stress

Baking is a great way to reduce stress and reconnect with others.

(CNN)What's supposed to be the happiest time of year can quickly turn into a stressful flurry of holiday activities and endless shopping lists, even in the best of times.

Many people spread themselves too thin trying to make this time of year perfect, which can lead to burnout. And in a pandemic? It's asking the impossible.
It's not easy to switch gears, but it really doesn't have to be this way. With an arsenal of our Life, But Better tips at your disposal, you can relax as the season comes to a close and the new year begins.

    Prioritize your tasks

      Some people may think they need to do everything to have a happy holiday season, but that isn't the case, said Sarah Clark, a research scientist in the department of pediatrics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
      Families should communicate with each other what the most important activities are so they know what traditions can be cut, she said.
      "You don't have to do it all, but you can't expect to read everybody's minds," Clark said.

        Baking to connect with others

        Baking can be a therapeutic activity that brings people together, said baker Eric Pallant, author of "Sourdough Culture: A History of Bread Making From Ancient to Modern Bakers."
        His specialty, sourdough bread, takes plenty of love and care for a great loaf. It also allows people to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life and reconnect with each other, he said.
        "That you've taken the time to make it and make it with your hands and share it with somebody else, what could be more wonderful?" Pallant said.
        Running out of ingredients because of supply chain issues? Try these easy baking hacks to substitute ingredients.

        Take a walk

        Walking is a great way to reduce anxiety and lower stress, especially outside in nature.
        It can also help increase your energy levels, giving you more stamina to complete the tasks on your list or having fun with loved ones.
        Other forms of exercise will certainly offer similar health benefits, but walking is a great option for those not accustomed to exercise, said Evan Matthews, associate professor of exercise science and physical education at New Jersey's Montclair State University.
        "It is likely a familiar movement, removing the learning curve that occurs with a new form of physical activity and the intimidation factor many feel when starting out," he said.