The holidays can be an extremely stressful time of year for a number of reasons. Whether it’s the stress of receiving family or other guests into your home for extended periods of time, or the pressure felt by having to spend a lot of money on gifts, the holidays are notorious for creating situations that can sometimes bring people beyond their tipping points. To help, here are four ways to manage to make it to the end of the year with your physical and emotional health intact:
Plan Something for Yourself
While it is absolutely true that this is a time of year meant for thinking of others, do not think that you have to completely sacrifice your own happiness or peace of mind in order to please your family or friends. Whether you are visiting the in-laws or welcoming them into your own home, take the time to plan out some kind of personal activity that will get you out of the house and away from your family for a little while to do something enjoyable. Book a nice massage or a take a long walk to ensure you are nurturing your own needs.
Get Some Exercise
One of the best and simultaneously also one of the worst things about the holiday season is all of the deliciously rich and decadent food and drink. While it definitely tastes and possibly even feels good in the moment, face it, as an adult that much overindulgence will not make you feel or look your best. To balance out the party eating, try to throw a little exercise routine into your holiday vacation schedule to help offset the holiday feasting. It will help you get a head start on recovery after the New Year and is also a great way to have a little alone time. Plus, as an added bonus exercise is great at relieving stress and tension!
Many families have traditions and customs that they follow during the holidays that involve certain types of music that they listen to, specific types of food that they eat, and even traditional members of the family who are responsible for the cooking. In some families it is always mother or grandmother who will make a special holiday dish or oftentimes a dad or grandfather who will fire up the burners and get to work in the kitchen. This holiday season, why not consider planning menus that will involve the entire family together. Create meals that will require family members to team up on dishes or even go outside of typical traditions and consider making things that are great for getting groups of people involved. Cooking together is a great way to take the stress and pressure of cooking huge meals off of the shoulders of a select few and turning it into an opportunity for family bonding.
Turn That Phone Off
This season, try shutting off your devices including your computer and cell phone. In this modern and fast paced world it can be easy to look at the holidays as an opportunity to get caught up on work but at what cost? If you spend your entire holiday with your face in a computer, you will miss the fun and excitement of spending time with loved ones and you will likely get back to work more stressed out than when you left. If you can’t go cold turkey, consider at least turning off your devices during certain times of the day and designating those as dedicated holiday time.
These tips are by no means comprehensive but they are a great start to helping you enjoy the holiday season as an opportunity to take a break from the world and its many stresses.