5 Holiday Stress-Busters You Need to Stay Jolly
Most people look forward to the Holiday season with much anticipation.
What inevitably happens is that the hustle and bustle starts to take a toll on even the most jolly of elves.
You need some strategies to keep yourself sane during this most wonderful time of the year.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Start your day with alone time.
This is a good practice for anyone, but especially if you’re an introvert.
You need to mentally prepare for the day ahead that may very well be filled with people and commotion.
Make it a habit to spend a little time sipping a hot drink and enjoying the peace and quiet before jumping into the day.
2. Focus on relationships.
It’s easy to get so busy that you forget who you’re doing it all for, isn’t it?
Be intentional about connecting with your loved ones – those you see frequently and the ones you don’t see as often. You’ll be happy you took the time to create memories.
If you’re a Christmas card-sender, linger a little over the process, sharing a personal sentiment with each person on your list. The extra effort will be worth it.
3. Try to get outside.
As much as the weather permits, bundle up and take a walk.
Just a little trek around the neighborhood can lower your blood pressure and lower your stress levels significantly.
Getting some exercise is also a great way to offset all the extra eating that comes with the Holiday season.
4. End your day with gratitude.
At the end of your busy day, take the time to think about the good things that happened.
Be grateful for the people you were able to interact with and the situations that enriched your life that day.
It will refuel you and give you a positive mindset for tackling another day.
5. Laugh. A lot.
Laughter really is the best medicine.
Fit as much of it into your day as you can. Seek for ways to bring joy to others and soak in every opportunity to laugh until your sides hurt – it’s a good hurt!
Make your holidays happy
The stress will come. It’s a part of life – especially during this time of year.
Embrace it and do your best to combat it by dwelling on thankfulness, enjoying some fresh air, taking some quiet time, and infusing your day with lots of laughter.