10 Tips to Survive Holiday Stress
From Thanksgiving turkeys to holiday decorations, it seems the moment the calendar nears the end of November, we’re in stress mode to “get it all done”. We run around like crazy monkeys trying to accomplish every task in front of us. It’s exhausting!
When you’re hyper-stressed, what is it that you’re doing to relieve the overwhelmed feeling? Are you snapping back at loved ones in anger? Perhaps are you eating too many cookies or desserts? Are you drinking more than usual? Maybe you’re moving away from the CBD oil and just smoking a joint instead.
Whatever it is for you, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed this time of year. Instead of dealing with the stress in unhealthy ways, here’s a list of “to-do’s” in order for you to survive the holiday season.
Stress-Free Holiday Survival Guide and 10 Tips to Survive Holiday Stress:
1. Say NO. If you don’t want to attend a party or commit to an engagement that doesn’t work for you, it’s okay to say no. Really, it’s okay. Let the person know you will check your calendar and get back to them. Then kindly inform them you have another engagement and are unavailable. Done.
2. Cut down on your to-do list. Ask yourself, “do I really need to get this done now or can it wait?” Most times you will find that you can combine tasks or move it to another day when it makes sense. Do only what is a priority, everything else can wait.
3. Get organized. Your surrounding environment is important for your success. Take the extra time each day to tidy up your work and home space. When your environment is orderly, you will feel empowered to tackle your day!
4. Remove yourself from toxic people/places/things. This is especially true if they trigger you in any way. It’s not worth your sanity. Just leave.
5. Cut back on alcohol consumption or any other type of numbing aid. It may sound counterproductive but the “thing” you’re using to relieve the stress will actually make it much worse in the long run. Alcohol is a depressant that will only make you feel down on yourself.
6. Meditate each day. If you’ve never tried it before, meditation is a great way to help relieve stress. There are a ton of great apps such as Headspace, Calm, Insight Timer and more. You can also search on YouTube where you will find hundreds of videos.
The benefits of meditation are incredible. Here are just a few: increased energy helps treat chronic pain, reduces stress and anxiety, lowers blood pressure, helps treat depression and much more. (source – BalancedAchievement.com)
When you make time to meditate and calm your mind, you will find that you actually have more time. Start with the morning before your day for 5 to 10 minutes. Increase the time to 15-20 minutes per day, twice a day.
7. Turn off the TV news. If you want to keep up with what’s happening, get nostalgic and read it in a newspaper where you will find less chatter or biased opinions. If it’s life-shattering, someone will inform you.
8. Exercise daily. This is a gimme. When you take time to exercise, you’re not only doing your body good, but also your mood! Endorphins are the lifeblood of your soul. If you can’t make it the gym or don’t have time to walk for 20 minutes, you can still manage to fit in a few exercises while brushing your teeth, when you’re on the phone or choosing to take the stairs vs the elevator.
Some examples: squats, jumping jacks, lunges, walking lunges, bicep curls (using anything for weight), seated triceps, standing calf raises and more. Get creative and just DO something.
9. Take a time- out. It’s the season of giving, yes, but don’t neglect yourself. It’s important to take care of YOU first. Just like an airline flight attendant reminds us to put the oxygen mask on first, that is true of our everyday life. If you’re not mindful of your needs, you can’t be good for anyone else.
10. Have immense gratitude. This may be last on the list but its numero uno for surviving. Look around you. What do you see? If you have a roof over your head, a car to drive and food in your belly, you’re a very wealthy person compared to most. Look for the little things too, like your toothbrush, the dishes to eat your meals, the bottled water in your fridge. Go the extra mile and write down each day what you’re grateful for. Do this morning and evening and watch your life blossom!
Thanksgiving is a great reminder of this practice, but when we can incorporate the feeling of gratitude on a daily basis, your life will begin to unfold with beautiful things.
It’s so easy to lose sight of what’s really important this time of year. This time of year isn’t just about the turkey dinner, sales, presents, the sparkling lights, the sugar cookies, or the holiday music…
It’s about connecting and being present for your loved ones.
It’s about showing up powerfully.
As we enter the official holiday season, remember your survival guide. Be kind to yourself so you can be kind to others. May it be rich with love, lasting memories, and new beginnings.
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