Couldn’t we all use a little bit of stress relief right about now? The holidays are fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean we need to worry if we’re practicing good self-care. Below we have seven holiday stress relief tips to prepare you for any situation this season.
Let’s face it: The holidays can be tough. Buying gifts, setting up the Christmas lights, purchasing a tree, visiting relatives, kids out of school, and unfulfilled expectations can set the stage for a seasonal meltdown if you’re not careful.
However, with some practical tips, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays. You may even end up enjoying the Christmas season much more than you thought you would, too. After all, research shows feelings of joy, happiness, and positive thoughts help you live longer. That’s all the more reason to find simple, smart ways to dial back your stress this holiday season.
Yes, it might be cold, but research from Harvard Health shows that walking outside helps your mind relax. Whether you do it alone or with family and friends, take a moment when you’re feeling peaked to walk outside. Plus, mood-boosting Vitamin D sunlight is always a help!
Listen: You can’t be everywhere at once. Be really honest with yourself about what you can handle, and speak up if it’s too much. Instead of going to five Christmas parties, pick one or two. Prioritize your family’s time and only commit to what you want to do. It’s all about quality, not quantity. Again, you get to choose. When it comes to different events, think quality, and not quantity.
Follow Your Daily Routine
Prioritize your workouts, book club, and house chores, but don’t try to squeeze in more holiday than you can handle. At the end of the day, you need to do things that energize you, and not drain your energy and distract you from what matters.
Beware of Seasonal-Affective Disorder (SAD)
An often unrecognized problem that comes with the holiday season is actually a by-product of the seasons changing from fall to winter. As daylight diminishes and the weather causes many of us to spend more time indoors, many people are affected to some degree by a type of depression known as Seasonal-Affective Disorder (SAD). For more information on SAD, and how to fight it, check out this helpful link.
Give Yourself A Present
A character from the TV Show ‘Twin Peaks’ once said something on the show I never forgot: “Every day, give yourself a little present.” Maybe it’s a slice of cherry pie or a Dave Barry holiday calendar, but for every 10 presents you buy, give yourself something, too. It might be the best gift to get through the holiday season.
Take a Bath
After a hotbed of socializing, sometimes there’s no better holiday stress relief than just soaking in a hot tub. You can relax your cares away with a bubble bath, or soft music and chocolates. The point of this activity is to make time for yourself.
Maybe this isn’t what you wanted to hear, but it’s the truth! I have never once regretted doing yoga after the fact. Now, I may struggle hard with getting out the door, but once I do it, my body is recharged and I feel great. I know it can be the same process for you, too!
One More Thing
Was there something I missed? What’s a holiday stress relief tip that works best for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts at email@example.com. Also, be sure to subscribe to the Heart & Soul Newsletter to receive more great tips straight to your inbox each Friday.