Holiday Survival Tips
Holidays got you stressed out? It’s supposed to be a joyous time, yet with so much to do—shopping, cooking, baking, events to attend—it’s difficult to find time to relax. Increased stress can lead to poor food choices, interruptions to exercise routines, and overall negative impact on your health. No need to worry! The following tips will leave you cheery in no time.
Reassess and Prioritize
Don’t try to do it all. In his Last Lecture, Randy Pausch reminded us how valuable our time is and only to spend time on the things that really matter to us. Make a list and prioritize what really needs to get done. If you don’t get to the rest, at least you did what was most important to you.
No need to do it all yourself. Give everyone their “special jobs” that they are in charge of during this busy time. Have your kids clean their own rooms and help with other chores. Same goes for your significant other.
Don’t be Afraid to Say No
If you’re overwhelmed and find yourself struggling to stay afloat with how much you have to do in the next few weeks, give yourself permission to say no. Saying no to baking more cookies, volunteering your time, or attending events. Saying no when you really can’t or don’t want to do something is an important part of self-care and one of the best things you can do for yourself to feel less overwhelmed.
Be Realistic About Relatives
Don’t expect a scene out of It’s A Wonderful Life this season with your family. Instead, set short-term and realistic expectations with family members over the Holidays. Having a coping plan on ways you can deal with stress and tension can also help. Taking a walk to get out of the house for example, or finding a quiet place alone to practice mindfulness, read or listen to music for a bit.
Easier said than done, but having some down time to recharge your batteries will make you a much happier and relaxed person overall. Treat yourself to a massage or manicure, read a book, or take a walk.
Try and do some exercise Physical activity can actually lower stress and help put things into perspective. Even if you can’t do your regular routine, doing even short bouts of exercise can