With the busy holiday season just up ahead I bet you’re all really excited! But let’s be honest here for a second: who’s also feeling a little bit stressed and anxious? It’s okay if you are and it doesn’t mean you’re a Grinch or a party-pooper; it means that you’re human. I mean, come on, preparing for the holidays takes a lot of work, and spending so much time with the family isn’t always as lovely as you’d like it to be. Which is why you owe it to yourself to keep your cool during this busy, stressful time, and here are some ways you can make it happen:
1. Stay positive: Feeling positive is your best strategy for keeping it together during a tough time. No matter how stressed you’re feeling you can always think of something good. Make it a habit to start or end your day writing down three things you’re grateful for.
2. Eat well: It’s easy to skip meals when you’re busy, but that’s when it’s most important. Eating good-for-you food at regular intervals keeps your blood sugar stable, which keeps you in a good mood. Take the time to eat meals, and keep a small bag of nuts, an apple, or a protein bar in your bag so you’re always prepared with something healthy to eat.
3. Exercise: Moving your body helps relieve stress, and if you can do something outdoors the sunlight will do you good, too.
4. Keep it simple: Don’t bite off more than you can chew! Nothing has to be perfect, and everyone will survive with fewer side dishes or a store-bought dessert.
5. Listen to music: Music is great for your mood, so have something playing while you work, while you drive, and while you exercise.
6. Try acupressure: When you’re feeling particularly anxious squeeze the fleshy part of your hand between your thumb and index finger for 30 seconds. This should help relieve stress and tension.
7. Delegate: You don’t have to take on everything yourself. Make your work easier by asking for help, and know that most people are happy to to pitch in.
8. Eat a spoonful of honey: Sneak in a teaspoonful of honey for an quick energy kick and a boost to your immune system.
9. Make time for yourself: This is more important than ever during a hectic time. Schedule 20-30 minutes for yourself and do something that’s enjoyable and relaxing to you.
10. Make time for fun: Yes, holiday prep is hard and family can get on your nerves, but it can’t be all bad! Allow yourself to enjoy yourself and try to laugh. Laughing triggers a whole set of hormonal reactions that make you feel good!
11. Plan something for later: Plan a vacation, a personal day, or even a theater date for after the holiday rush. Giving yourself something to look forward to will get you through when you’re feeling the pressure.
Yes, holidays can be exhausting and stressful, but don’t make that the focus of your season. Holidays are special times to enjoy with the ones you love, so keep that in mind and have a great holiday season!
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