How To Not Lose Your Shit Around The Holidays
There's no doubt about it. Holidays are stressful. For some people, they bring up negative emotions surrounding family. For others, it's a lonely time of year because family is not around. And for most of us, between the holiday obligations, parties, shopping, cooking and decorating, it's enough to make you lose your mind. I always get anxious in December. It's hard not to. I find it hard to balance my day to day life on top of running around looking for Christmas gifts, decorating, baking, and having time for holiday functions.
This is the time when most of us need to relax more than ever, but it's virtually impossible to do so. I know, I get it. For many years I let stress get the best of me. Sometimes, I still do. I'm not perfect, but over the years I have learned how to calm down and get through the holidays without pulling my hair out. Here are some of the techniques I use to keep calm, slow down and actually enjoy this magical time of year.
Mediation grounds you. It gives a moment of peace while helping you remember what is really important. The holidays can make us mad, and it has really turned into a buying fest over the years. It can be very materialistic. We need to refocus and remember that none of that matters. Gifts are not the point of the holiday. Surrounding yourself with family, friends, and people you love is what's important. Look at How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Same lesson.
Buying the perfect gift can be stressful. Take a deep breath and a moment to slow down. Five minutes a day is enough to see a shift in your mood and perception. I normally like to meditate first thing in the morning to start my day off right. It really helps.
Exercise is important all year round, but I find it really helps me around the holidays. It is a really effective way to improve your mental state. Raising your heart rate releases your happy hormones and will help to deal with the holiday craziness. It has been proven to reduce depression, relieve anxiety and greatly lower stress levels.
You don't have to run 10 miles a day to stay active. A 10-minute walk a few times a day will defiantly do the trick. If that doesn't excite you, try yoga or work out at home with a DVD. Just keep your body moving.
The holidays are already filled with junk food. Cookies, pies, cakes, and food slathered in butter and oil. All of this can make anyone feel like crap. Talk about major brain fog. To keep on top of your to-do list and feel bright and clear, make sure you are eating fruits and veggies!! I know this can be a hard one especially when there are goodies in the breakroom at work, but it's well worth the effort!
Start your day off with a green smoothie or a green juice. That way you know you are getting your daily dose of vitamins and minerals!
This is a big one for me. I always want everything to be perfect. The holiday decorations, the holiday meal, the gift wrapping. The truth is, there is only so much we can do in a day. I work full time and have learned to use this technique with everything in my life because sometimes there just isn't enough time. Let go and do what you can. Realize you are human and you cannot do everything. No one can. We cannot control every detail even though we want to.
Take a deep breath and relax. Sometimes simplicity is best. It will allow you to enjoy your holidays with a lot less stress. LET GO.
I really hope you found some of these techniques helpful. They are common sense, but sometimes we all need a little reminder ;) Hope you all have a beautiful, stress-free, relaxing holiday. Talk to you guys soon.