De-Stressing During Holiday Season
Come holiday season and it’s easy for anyone to become overwhelmed at this busy time of year. We find our already busy schedules overrun with social visits, shopping, cooking and celebrations.
In all the excitement, our daily exercise, bedtime and mealtime routines getting shelved and eventually stress levels increase and energy levels decrease.
Here are a few simple suggestions to help keep you energized this month, while still keeping the magic in the holiday season!
- Jot it down: Lists help, especially at this time of year. Prioritize tasks by putting ‘must-dos’ at the top of the list and ‘nice-to-do’ at the bottom. Be sure to cross off each task as it gets accomplished, as that really gives you an morale boost!
- Eat healthy: Keep up your and your family’s strength with healthy snacks and quick meals at home or at work. Avoid stress eating. Ensure that you have healthy snacks at home and also in your purse or car to stave off fast food cravings.
- Take charge: The holiday season is meant to be about memorable moments with family and friends. You don’t need the perfect gift, the best party or the most beautiful house to make or break the holidays. Don’t let achieving perfection steal the pleasure of the moment. Its the company of friends, the familiarity of a lived in home and the lingering smells of cooking that make a joyous and memorable get-together. Your friend’s will not remember your spic and span bathroom, but they would surely enjoy and remember your happy and relaxed company.
- Relax with tunes: Create a special play list on your cellphone or iPod, or keep your favourite CD’s on hand at home or in the car. Mellow or mood-lifting tunes will help soothe frazzled nerves. Sing along, or even better, move with the music. You are guaranteed to feel better instantly.
- Keep it simple: It’s the simple things that we remember: freshly cut cedar that garnishes the fireplace mantle, a catch-up phone call from an old friend, a walk with a friendly neighbour or a cup of NESCAFÉ and a ‘guilt-free’ moment to linger over the weekend paper. Take the time to cherish these moments, it is these that truly make this season joyous.
Remember, the holidays are so much more about people than about things. Be generous, enjoy the feeling of giving, but be sure not to ignore wellness.