Ah, the holiday season. For many people, this is the greatest time of the year. Spending time with family, shopping for gifts, cooking big meals, it’s a time of wonderful associations and happy memories. But for some of us...yikes! The holidays equal nothing but stress. Shopping and cooking feel like more of a hectic hassle than a heartwarming seasonal event, and maybe your family is...not exactly what you want to be dealing with.
So what can you do to deal with seasonal stress? Take a deep breath, focus your mind and read the following. Here are five handy life hacks to help you get through the holiday season unscathed.
1. Stick to your comfort zone
The stress of the holiday season can definitely leave you feeling out of sorts. You might find yourself feeling anxious, irritable or even depressed. That’s why it’s so important to make time for things that help you feel comfortable. Even during the hubbub of the holiday season, try not to change too much of your routine. If you wake up at the same time every day, keep your schedule as close to normal as possible. Go to the coffee shop, the gym or wherever you have regular errands at the same time you normally would. Need a break from your family? Make plans with friends as an excuse to get some time away.
2. Simplify, simplify, simplify
The last thing you want to do this time of year is add to your stress levels. This is the time to minimize other potential stress in your life. Use a free weekend to meal prep so you don’t have to worry about cooking for the week. Try out different meal or grocery delivery services to save yourself even more time. Some brands even have free trials to test them out so you can make sure it’s right for you. Try multitasking by cleaning up or cooking while watching your favorite show. Have lots of holiday shopping on your list? Be on the lookout for online sales. Did somebody say free shipping?!
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3. Stay mindful
Mindfulness is the key to happiness. If you don’t meditate, now is a great time to start. Start out with only a few minutes per day at first, just sitting still in a quiet space, focusing on your breathing and clearing your mind. Many people report that once they start meditating, their anxiety and stress levels drop dramatically. Plus, by starting now, you’re already getting a head start on New Year’s resolutions – assuming more mindfulness is what you’re hoping to find in 2020. It’s a win-win!
Allow yourself time to take a step back and focus.
4. Self-care is self-love
During the season of giving, we’re all so focused on taking care of others. But what about yourself? Even with a houseful of guests and a long list of parties to attend, it’s super important to take some quiet time for yourself. It could be as simple as a hot bath, a face mask or a few episodes of your favorite Netflix show in the evening. If you can get out of the house, try going to an early morning yoga class or make an appointment for a facial. It doesn’t take much time, and it will help you feel so much more grounded and calm. And take it from us, spending some time trying out a new makeup look is a great way to unwind.
5. Listen to your gut
We don’t often listen to the signals from our body that it’s time to slow down. But much like we learn to listen and respect what others need, we need to learn how to listen to ourselves. Start paying close attention to your stress levels. Know when it’s time to take a break. If you need to set up boundaries with those particularly difficult family members – maybe no discussion of politics at the dinner table? Or avoid nosy prying into your personal relationships – set them up, and hold firm.
Pay attention to what your body needs. Don’t let yourself get so busy that you’re missing out on meals or much-needed sleep. If you’re hungry, take a break and fix yourself something to eat. If you’re tired, excuse yourself for a quick nap or breather. The bottom line: don’t lose track of what you need. It may be the season for thinking about others, but that’s no excuse to put yourself last.
What are your secrets for keeping cool, calm and collected this season? Let us know in the comments below!