HOLIDAY STRESS MANAGEMENT
We can all agree that stress is most definitely a big part of the end of the year, right? Especially given the current pandemic with re-introduced lockdowns and restrictions. Staying on top of a busy schedule feels like time goes into turbo speed as we zoom through the holidays and into the New Year.
The magic seems to disappear a bit, but it doesn’t have to!
This season is meant to be one of love, joy, family, and friends (even if it looks different this year). Instead of allowing stress to overtake you this season, let’s focus on combating the stress and enjoying your last few weeks of the year!
Tips To Have A Stress Free Holiday Season:
- Don’t forget the exercise! Allow your body to naturally combat stress by releasing some endorphins regularly. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you have to carve out an hour each day for a. workout. Do what fits into your schedule so that you’ll be more likely to stay on track. A nice brisk walk might be exactly what you need or a gentle yoga class to tune out the world for an hour.
- Focus on the good. What has happened to you today that you are grateful for?
- Are you exhausted and feel yourself reaching for that cup of coffee? Instead, listen and honor what your body is asking you for. Take a quick 15-minute power nap and recharge your batteries the natural way.
- Don’t expect too much of yourself. Be realistic with your time and goals this season, which will help keep your stress levels at a minimum.
- Delegate some tasks to others. Is your to-do list overflowing? Ask for help from your partner, your children, a friend or a neighbor to knock some of those tasks off of your list.
- Be careful with overspending. Financial health is an incredibly important part of your overall health, and most certainly correlates to the level of stress you are experiencing. Don’t set yourself up for failure in this area.
- Consider making that holiday party you’re hosting a potluck. Potlucks are fun and collaborative — which will take a huge amount of stress off of you!
- Put your fork down in between bites and savor your food. Thoroughly chewing each bite helps your digestion work more efficiently. Not to mention, it’s a much more pleasant experience to savor each bite.
- Don’t get caught up in negative self-talk. Be very mindful of the words you choose to use, as they are powerful to your mood and stress level. For example, instead of saying “I have to cook dinner tonight for my family,” say “I get to cook dinner tonight for my family.” See how that takes it from being a chore to being of service to those you love? Your words and thoughts are very powerful.
- Keep your workout routine going. It’s easy to slack off with all there is to do during the holiday season — but make yourself a priority. You will get through the months with much more ease and happiness if you do!
What are three things you can make an effort to do this week to keep your stress levels at a minimum?
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