The holidays are generally known to be the best time of the year for most. For others though, night time starts earlier than it should, the traffic is more intense, everything’s on sale but still seems expensive and cakes & chocolate are in too much abundance to turn down. This can all be a tad bit stressful when you add in holiday commitments and obligatory social gatherings.
Here’s a couple tips to help ease or eliminate the pains of stress during this holiday season.
1. DON’T FEEL BAD ABOUT SAYING “NO”.
If you’re supposed to be in ten different places in one day, accept the fact that you’ll only make it to one or two events. Don’t put yourself in difficult positions by promising too much just because you feel an overwhelming need to please.
2. GET IN A WORK OUT OR TWO.
This is the perfect time to “gym it up” before the new year. The new year tends to bring about the “new year, new me” people who flood the gym come January. Take advantage of these times when your gym may feel a little more vacant than usual. But also don’t feel guilty if you don’t keep to your gym schedule… its perfectly fine to a “new you” in the new year too!
3. IT’S PERFECTLY FINE TO TUNE YOUR RELATIVES OUT. This is the season aside from graduation season where you’re forced to be around your extended family or what I like to call “etcetera family”. Your aunts might bombard you about why you’re single. They may corner you questions like “what ever happened to what’s his name?”. They may even try to text their friend to set you up with their son. Don’t allow your relatives and their crazy but somewhat relatable relationship advice stress you out this season. Look at it this way, they aren’t around you year round to know your daily struggles… shrug their criticisms off and tune it out.
4. DIFFUSE TENSION.
Replace tension with something productive instead of engaging in or exacerbating it. If the conversation around the dinner table is becoming too intense, don’t be afraid to speak up and put an end to it. Or, if you feel this is something you can’t do, simply walk away from the discussion and make yourself busy in the kitchen or take a quick walk outside.
5. BE REALISTIC ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN COMMIT TO.
If you’re on a tight budget but still have loads of gifts to buy, understand that you won’t be able to accommodate everyone. Better yet, get creative and create your own gifts for your loved ones, such as a homemade card or a hand-crafted item. I mean Pinterest is here for a reason girl!
6. TRY NOT TO BINGE.
Everything decadent is in abundance during the holidays. There’s hella holiday parties with endless themes and will almost seem like there’s cake, chocolate and champagne at ever turn. It can be hard to stick to a healthy regimen at this time because of those reasons. Try this trick though – load up your body with healthy meals the day you have an event to go to. You won’t feel as guilty about that extra slice of strawberry cheesecake. Also If you do slip up… try not to be hard on yourself about it.
Try in the mornings to give yourself 5-10 minutes to think about everything you’re grateful for. You can also use that time to review goals you hit this year, think about what you would like to achieve before the year’s up and/or think about positive mantras to set your vibes for the day.
8. TAKE SOME TIME OUT FOR YOU.
The new year is right around the corner. Take some time to treat yourself so you set up good vibes into the new year. Thinking about a dance workout class you’ve been meaning to try? Join it. Got that last book on your reading list but don’t want to buy it… camp out in the book store and read it there. Spend some time putting together a vision board of what you want to achieve for 2018. Schedule a facial for yourself for some good ol’ self care. Who doesn’t love a good facial?!
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