Do you get stressed out during the holidays [or any other time of year]? These tips will help you relax and actually enjoy the holidays and enjoy life.
Life happens. Life gets busy, especially during the holiday season. Ideally, the best answer to stress during the holidays is to prevent it, but the unexpected is going to come up. And most certainly I will overestimate time again.
Then what? Well, it just so happens I know of 7 ways to help de-stress your holidays [and any other time of year]:
Pay It Forward and Spread the Joy!
For the holidays join a local charity and help with serving dinners, dropping off presents and giving hugs. Every time we do a random act of kindness we help others while helping ourselves. Random acts of kindness give a boost of happiness that lasts for hours.
Attitude of Gratitude
Take a few minutes each day to write a gratitude list. The holidays are really about spending quality time with your friends and family. It’s not about the presents, or the food, or the parties. We should feel grateful and happy for our health and for being surrounded by loved ones.
One of the best ways to avoid holiday stress is to start planning early! This means making to-do lists, grocery lists, getting a head start on your gift shopping and more. When you wait until the last minute to do these things, that’s when the stress really gets to you.
Holiday shopping and thinking about a business meeting? Or visiting with family and thinking about your to-do list? You will be more productive AND enjoy doing these a whole lot more if you’re not trying to multi-task. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Mindfulness is defined as “the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis; also: such a state of awareness.” Being mindful is being present and not letting your mind go to the next activity. Completely focus on the here and now.
Be a Minimalist
Remember what is important. Holidays (and life) can bring on all kinds of obligations like cooking meals, attending parties, buying gifts and sending cards. Don’t try to take on more than you can handle, and don’t spend more money than you can afford. Friends and colleagues will understand and too often the unnecessary high demands we feel we place on ourselves.
Don’t forget to make time to exercise. Raising your heartbeat and taking time to zone out with exercise helps relieve stress, anxiety, and tension that can be so prevalent around the holidays.
Have a Personal Space
Being in the same house for days with more people than typical can be stressful especially if you feel like you have nowhere to go for personal space. Carve out one place where you can go to be alone, even if you have to drive to get there.
What’s your Plan B? How do you make time for yourself during the holidays?
Come back Friday for a delicious healthified holiday treat. It will make you wonder why we don’t eat it year around!
be the best version of YOU