In less than a week, the holiday season will officially be upon us (can you believe it?)! And with this time of year comes parties, gatherings, kids being home, shopping, decorating, baking, and cooking; in other words, a lot of hustle and bustle. With all that’s going on, it’s easy to become overwhelmed, anxious, and to put everyone and everything before yourself.
But, even in all the craziness, there are ways you can stress less this holiday season. Here are a few:
1. Schedule your self-care.
When you have a lot going on, it’s easy to put yourself on the back burner. That’s why it’s important to make time to take care of you — and don’t cancel on yourself! And it doesn’t have to be a long time; you can read for 30 minutes, catch up on one of your TV shows, or just sit and do nothing for five or 10 minutes. Putting yourself first will ensure that you don’t get too frustrated or burn out.
2. Don’t try to do too much.
In other words, feel free to say no. If attending every gathering is going to stress you out or overwhelm you, don’t go. Your family and friends should understand; and if they don’t, well, that’s their issue. Like I mentioned in this week’s calm tip, you have to do what’s best for you. Period.
3. Plan ahead
Set aside specific days and times for shopping, decorating, baking, cleaning, etc. That way, you’re not scrambling around at the last minute trying to get things done, and you’ll have more time for relaxing and to spend with loved ones.
Do not stress yourself and go broke buying things for the holidays, especially gifts. Create a budget, and stick to it. Don’t try to buy your kids’ (or anyone else’s) happiness with tons of gifts. Remember, even though it’s cliché, it’s the thought and sentiment behind the gift that counts.
5. Don’t let go of healthy habits
There’s so much good food this time of year (I can’t wait to get some dressing), and while it’s okay to indulge, try not to go overboard.
- Don’t overeat (eat mindfully so you’ll know when you’re full).
- Have a small, healthy snack before going to dinner or a gathering so you don’t overeat.
- Get the rest you need.
- Make time for physical activity a few times a week.
6. Practice mindfulness.
Focus on one task at a time, and do you best to stay in the present moment, concentrating on whatever is happening with no judgment. Just observe, breathe, and move through it. And, of course, meditate and practice yoga as a part of being more mindful.
Check out my virtual workshop on this topic here.
Do you have any tips for dealing with stress around the holidays? Share them below by leaving a comment!