This time of the year can be very stressful on people due to upcoming holidays and change in season. For some, there is just so much pressure on people to show up to gatherings, spend lots of money on presents, and get into the holiday spirit which can be very difficult when you add that on top of our daily activities. With that said, here are a few tips to help get you survive the holiday season:
1) Try as much as possible to stick to your normal routine: workout, diet, sleep, etc… the more you can stick to your normal routine the better because your body is already used to doing things a certain way. We’re creatures of habit and sticking to a routine can help keep your days less stressful.
2) Holiday feasts and meals are all apart of the season. Don’t worry about eating those holiday treats and meals because this time of the year only comes around once a year. Treat yourself to it, but just think moderation. Moderation in how much you eat and drink is key. You don’t want to wake up with a hangover or eat so much that you feel guilty eating other holiday treats.
3) Temper your expectations for the holiday season. Some people may have idealistic expectations of how the holidays will turn out. Be realistic when it comes to presents, family/friend gatherings. Better to be pleasantly surprised than disappointed for setting such high expectations.
4) It is ok to say no. Don’t feel pressured to attending everything and doing too much. Remember it is also your holiday too.
5) Ask for help when you need it. Just like saying no, there is no shame in asking for help. Don’t take on more than you can handle. That is what family and friends are for, you can ask them for some help when it comes to shopping, decorating, cooking, etc.. Worst thing they can say is no.
6) Make yourself and your health a priority. Listen to your body, eat right as much as you can and try to pamper yourself. That could mean going out for a walk, reading a book, a nice glass of wine or even getting a massage. You deserve it!
7) Be grateful for what you have. Don’t think about all the things you don’t have, especially when looking at all the social media feeds of your family and friends. Be grateful for your family. Be grateful for your health. Be grateful for having shelter and food on the table. Be grateful for the little things like watching the sunset or being able to move around without pain. When you appreciate the things you have you don’t focus so much on the things that you don’t have.