As beautiful and magical as the holiday season ought to be, it is often tainted with, none other than, stress. We are shopping, wrapping, entertaining, getting entertained, dealing with increased traffic, mingling with family, traveling, braving the elements—phew—and I’ve just scratched the surface! Talk about stressful!
Most of us, at this time of the year, tend to prioritize everything except ourselves. This, ultimately, mounts on the stress and can do a doozy on our ability to really enjoy. But the holidays are meant to be enjoyed! To keep the stress levels to a low roar, here are a few tips:
1. Build in You-Time
Giving yourself alone-time and time to decompress...will give your mind and body the rest it needs to go full-steam ahead the rest of the time. At least once a week, do one of the following (or anything else that gives you the break you crave): Take a bath, get a massage, do yoga or meditate, take a walk in a non-crowded place.
2. Say No
Be especially vigilant about saying “no” when you need to. Be cognizant of what is realistic to include in your schedule and for what time permits. Don’t beat yourself up for saying “no.” Taking care of yourself will allow you to get what you need to get done and allow you to take care of others when it is really necessary.
3. Shop Online
Shopping online has many advantages over shopping in the stores. Staying at home, and shopping in your PJs will help reduce a lot of stress.
4. Have a Cocktail
In all seriousness, having a little holiday cocktail may help to relax your nerves and ease some of your stress. Try to limit yourself to one or two, for too much drinking can bring on a whole different type of stress.
5. Maintain a Healthy Regimen
Although your regimen may slip a little, maintaining some healthy balance when it comes to exercise and eating right is important to managing stress. Exercise, especially, releases stress, while eating healthy will help maintain regularity and optimal levels of energy throughout this hectic season.
Sleep allows our bodies to rejuvenate and rebuild itself for the next day. It may be tempting to stay up late at holiday parties or to get up early to wrap presents, but try to manage your time so that you get in a good solid seven or eight hours of sleep a night.
Enjoy the holidays! Don’t let them stress you out! What ways do you find to be most helpful in relieving stress at this time of year?