The holidays are a fun and exciting time for most of us but the holidays can also be synonymous with stress. Take some time to take care of yourself this holiday season and keep this list close at hand to keep stress at bay.
I am well aware of the fact that I can be a procrastinator, which is exactly why I like to plan ahead as often as possible. It seems like whenever I don’t plan ahead, I always end up getting things done at the last minute. Planning ahead as much as possible will make your holiday season more enjoyable and less stressful. Start making lists to map out the details and then follow through and get things done. You will feel so much less stress when you have a list to work off of and a clearer picture of what actually needs to get done.
Hot Chocolate + A Good Book
John and I spend two nights a week during the holiday season cuddling on the couch while drinking hot chocolate and reading. Reading is an immediate stress buster because it gives you the ability to forget your surroundings for a little while and be transported to another world.
Go for a Walk
Even if you are at work, you can take a 20 minute walk on your lunch break and feel immediately less stressed. A full workout would be even better but we can all find 20 minutes in our day.
Get a Massage
It doesn’t have to a be a professional massage in order for you to receive the stress zapping benefits. Ask your significant other or best friend for a quick shoulder rub and then return the favor so you both will feel less stressed.
Listen to Music
Music is such a wonderful way to relax and work through stressful problems. I suggest this playlist.
There will be a lot of unhealthy food around all season. Most of us will indulge in something delicious this holiday season, which is fine, but remember to eat stuff that makes you feel good as well. If you know you are going to a holiday party, be sure to have an extra healthy breakfast and lunch.
It’s fun, easy, free and efficient! I would suggest laughing hysterically while watching Elf.
Don’t Worry About Perfection
The holidays are a time for celebrating with your friends and family. It’s not a competition to see who has the best decorations, makes the most impressive food, or seems to be having the most fun. It’s about spending time with your friends and family. Spending time with your loved ones is already perfection.