Here is the second part of our holiday survival guide. How do you handle the stress and busyness of this holiday season?
Here are a few tips on taking control of your mind, body and spirit during this hectic time of the year.
1. Take Care of Your Body
One of the most important things that you can do during this time of year is take care of yourself. You can do this by not drinking so much alcohol or caffeine, working out, getting proper water and sleep intake. Eating healthy is also the key to stress relief, if you are eating healthy you have less to worry about and if you miss a workout you won’t feel near as bad as if your diet is also suffering.
2. Take a Mini- break When You Feel Things are Getting Crazy
When you find yourself starting to lose it, or butting up against your own rigidness, take a quick break. Step away. Go outside for a walk, listen to some relaxing music, call a friend or family member, go do some yoga or what ever relaxes and calms you. Five minutes is all it takes to relax and get yourself back to a better state of mind.
3. Add Humor to Your Day
Humor, by nature provides instant balance and perspective, if even for a moment. As long as it is positive, it allows us to step back and take everything, including ourselves, less serious. A good belly laugh can take away all negative junk to not only you but to everyone around you. Laughter and humor is contagious!
4. Be Realistic and Know Your Limits
It’s a wonderful thing to know your limits and know what you can and can not do. Everyone wants to over extend themselves especially around the holidays. Don’t let unrealistic expectations press you into doing more than you can realistically manage. Say no. Set limits. Work smart.
5. Always Be Thankful
I think this is the most important de-stress-er there is, we all need to sometimes stop and smell the roses. We have so many great things in our lives to be thankful for, friends, family, jobs, and so on. We sometimes need to stop and remember even if things don’t always turn out the way we expected them to or visioned them to we all have an amazing life. We all have warm homes, people who love us no matter what, and great faith. Life is good!
Everyone de-stress in there own way. How do you de-stress through the holidays? What little tricks do you use to get through the hustle and bustle of shopping, cooking, school programs, family gatherings, and work?