Holidays. Who doesn’t experience the added stress with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Busy with activities, busy with shopping, and overwhelmed with too much to do and too little time to get it done. It is overwhelming. The holiday season, although a time for joy and cheer, can quickly turn into a time of stress, exhaustion, and overload. This can often lead us to be short tempered, moody, irritable, and impatient. So how do we keep in check and allow ourselves to experience this so- called joy and cheer?
- Focus on what is within your control – Too often we focus on the things that we have absolutely no control over. These thoughts turn in our minds, keep us from sleeping well, cause us to jump to conclusions and make faulty assumptions come to life. Know what you can and cannot control in the situations you find yourself in. Work on compartmentalizing those anxieties – put them in little boxes to be opened, only if need be and in the right time. Write these concerns down and put them in your nightstand drawer. Do not ignore your worries, but rather acknowledge them and decipher what you do and do not have control over in this moment.
- Take care of yourself – It is easy during the holidays to eat junk food, exercise less, and stay up later. These are the very things that have a huge impact on our mental health that often go neglected during this season. Try to keep active, set aside time to wind down and relax, engage in some type of meditation or mindful activities, and try to incorporate some healthier foods into your repertoire.
- Plan your week but be flexible – Typically a plan is great, however, it is often our inability to be flexible in our plan that causes our anxiety and irritability to spike. Having a plan in place can be a great way to manage your time and to keep your anxiety at bay. Although, things do not always go as planned, and being able to roll with the punches, acknowledge plans change, and accept it, will often keep you from being as overwhelmed. If you find yourself in this particular situation, see tip #1.
- Focus on what is important to you – During this season, focus more on what you want for yourself and those that are important in your life. To be our best selves, often we must put things in perspective. This will be different for all of us as we are unique and different in our thoughts, beliefs, and personalities. In what ways do you want to impact others and what kind of person would you like to portray this holiday season?
This is a stressful time of year. It is important to place emphasis on our well-being and be able to share in joyfulness with others. May your holiday be bright as your spirits are light.