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6 Ways to Manage Holiday Stress

Holiday season is in full gear.   As beautiful and magical as the holiday season ought to be, however, it is often tainted with, none other than, stress.  We are shopping…we are wrapping…we are entertaining…we are getting entertained…we are dealing with increased traffic…we are mingling with family…we are traveling…we are braving the elements…phew…and I’ve just scratched the surface!  Talk about stressful!

Most of us, at this time of the year, tend to prioritize everything EXCEPT ourselves.  This, ultimately, mounts on the stress and can do a doozy on our ability to really enjoy.  But the holidays are MEANT to be enjoyed!  To keep the stress levels to a low roar, here are a few tips:

  1. Build in You-Time: Probably a no-brainer, but build in alone-time.  Giving yourself time away from the craziness and time to decompress…will give your mind and body the rest it needs to go full-steam ahead the rest of the time.  At least once a week, do one of the following (or anything else that gives you the break you crave): Take a bath, get a massage, do yoga or meditate, take a walk in a non-crowded place.
  2. Say No: We are often compelled to say “yes” even more at this time than during the rest of the year.  Be especially vigilant about saying “no” when you need to.  Be cognizant of what is realistic to include in your schedule and for what time permits.  Don’t beat yourself up for saying “no.”  Taking care of yourself will allow you to get what you need to get done and allow you to take care of others when it is really necessary.
  3. Shop Online: Today, more than ever, shopping online has so many advantages than shopping in the stores.  Staying at home, in your PJs, and shopping will help reduce a lot of stress.
  4. Have a Cocktail: In all seriousness, having a little holiday cocktail may help to relax your nerves and ease some of your stress.  Try to limit yourself to one or two, as too much drinking can bring on a whole different type of stress.
  5. Maintain a Healthy Regimen: Granted, you may not get to the gym as much as you normally do.  And, you may indulge more than you normally do.  However, still maintaining some healthy balance when it comes to exercise and eating right is important to managing stress.  Exercise, especially, is very helpful in releasing stress, while eating well will help maintain regularity and optimal levels of energy throughout this hectic season.
  6. Sleep: Sleep allows our bodies to rejuvenate and rebuild itself for the next day.  It may be tempting to stay up late at holiday parties or to get up early to wrap presents, but try to manage your time so that you get in a good solid 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night.

Enjoy the holidays…don’t let them stress you out!  What ways do you find to be most helpful in relieving stress at this time of year?

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  • Michelle

    My eating and exercising regime has fallen completely by the wayside since Thanksgiving. It’s made me feel disgusting! But between holiday festivities, getting a cold, and then ever more holiday commitments I just can’t seem to find the time. Plus the money stress makes eating cheap and poorly feel like a necessity.

    Any advice for someone who can’t just seem to get back on the healthy bandwagon?

    • Brett

      Ah…yes, it piles on, doesn’t it? This is definitely a challenging time of the year. It sounds like you need to carve out a half hour a day for you time. Once you sort of can schedule in that you time, you can start dedicating it to things you know will help you on the healthy wagon. Also, sometimes we need to dip down before we come back up. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Finally, my advice to you missy, is that you go out and sing a song or too ;)