While the holidays can be a joyous time of celebration with friends and family, there’s no question that the busyness of the season can take its toll. Everyone seems to be stressed about something from lack of time, to lack of money to pressure to give the best gifts. With all the extra “to do”s on the list, the season can fly by in a blur of obligations and busywork leaving us feeling exhausted and wondering what happened by the time the new year arrives.
Here are four quick ways to de-stress and keep the focus on enjoyment this season:
Take a walk – and not at the mall. Yes, it’s a little chilly but taking a walk outside, even just for a few minutes, is beneficial. Fresh air and sunshine can do wonders for your mood. Movement and deep breaths shift your energy from your head back into your body.
Set realistic expectations. Unfortunately, the holidays don’t turn our families into Norman Rockwell paintings. If your uncle is a jerk every other day of the year, chances are that today won’t be any different! Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by expecting a picture perfect event. Focus on what you can control (i.e. not your relatives) and face the rest with a sense of humor and gratitude.
Treat yourself. In the midst of buying gifts for everyone else, don’t forget yourself. If you feel silly buying yourself a present, take some time to spend just on you. Set aside time on your calendar and spend it doing something that you find relaxing.
Eliminate. The invitations and activities are plenty during this season. Focus on events and get-togethers that are meaningful to you. As much as possible, eliminate those things that you’re doing out of a sense of guilt or obligation rather than enjoyment. Think quality over quantity.
Remember that you are enough just as you are and have a wonderful holiday season!