First of all, we want to say “Congratulations!” for making it through Thanksgiving! That’s the first step of making it through the holidays. With Christmas coming up soon, the hustle and bustle will start again. All while Christmas shopping, decorating, cooking and cleaning you’ll be juggling all of your work tasks as well. It’s easy for anyone this time of year to push themselves beyond their limits which can take a toll on mental health.
Here are a few strategies to implement this year to help you accomplish the holidays without burning out:
It’s Okay To Say “No”
This is a difficult one, especially when it comes to family and friends, but it’s probably the most important. If money is tight, tell people you will not be buying gifts. If you’re busy and don’t have time to deep clean, stop trying to create a spotless house for your visitors. Does hosting parties or events set your anxiety on fire? Say no!
Learning to say “no” to certain things will only help you feel better and be able to be happier and in a better mood when you are around your friends and family during the holidays.
There’s an unsaid expectation that the holidays must be perfect in every way and better than the year before. This is just simply not true! Don’t expect every lengthy car ride to holiday events to consist of meaningful conversation and listening to all your favorite songs. The truth is, your significant other or family member may not feel like chatting or may have music requests of their own.
Realize that everything won’t go according to your plan and that’s okay!
Care For Yourself
It’s easy to get caught up in taking care of everyone else around the holidays. Self-care keeps us fueled and functioning and is even more necessary during times of high stress (like Christmas). Take a bath, go for a long walk, breathe, call a friend, write down what you’re grateful for and no matter what – do not stop the healthy habits you’ve already set up for yourself!
Make this holiday season the best one yet by taking care of yourself first. When you do that, you will be able to give more meaningful interactions with your friends and family! What are some of the ways you handle holiday stress?