10 Ways to Master Your Holiday Woes
How to make this time of year fun, not stressful!
The holidays are a wonderful time year, full of festivities and spending time with the ones you love. And with it comes parties that need decorating, delicious pies that need baking, and chatty relatives who need to be chatted with. It’s a busy time, but don’t worry! With a few helpful tricks we promise you can conquer it all! #WeGotYou
Here are our most tried-and-true methods for keeping up your fabulous A-game and avoiding a case of the holiday blues. Because after all, it’s supposed to be Happy Holidays not Stressed-to-the-max Holidays! So, take a deep breath of pine-scented air and let’s begin.
1. Lay Off the Social Media
Let us explain. FOMO is a real thing – and as much as we love to see our friends on their perfect-looking vacations, taking a break from Instagram can do wonders for your mental health. Especially if your feed is making you feel more jealousy than joy, it could be a sign that you’re overdue for a detox. Consider deleting the app for a few days while you focus on your own happiness. Trust us, it’s much easier to live in the moment and enjoy the people around you without a tiny screen attached to your limbs.
2. Fit in Some Exercise
Yes, making time to exercise is hard enough without the busyness of the Holidays, but hear us out. Getting your heart rate pumping will turbo-boost your mood, even if you can only do it for ten minutes a day. Plus, you’ll feel a little better about indulging in that extra piece of fudge you just couldn’t resist. #YAS
3. Gift with Your Heart, Not Your Wallet
If you’re anything like us, one of the biggest stress inducers of the season is all the cash you’re seeing fly away – not just for gifts, but for food, parties, outfits, and everything in between. Challenge yourself to spend as little as possible on presents and instead give meaningful gifts that will be special for the recipient, and easy on your budget. If you’re stuck on ideas, check out this article.
4. Try Aromatherapy
It’s not just a fad! The powerful effect that scents have on your disposition have been proven, and the Holidays have no shortage of wonderful smells that can help boost your mood. Activities like Christmas tree shopping or cookie baking can relax you by connecting you to happy memories, or if you’re short on time, try essential oils that will transport you to a wonderful place and time without having to leave your chair.
5. Do Something for Someone Else
Sometimes the stress of the Holidays makes us forget that the true spirit of the season is to share what we have with those who are less fortunate. You can sign up to volunteer, if that’s your style, or simply be kind to the people you interact with. Remember everybody is fighting their own battles – a simple smile or a thoughtful gesture will go a long way for someone who is feeling down. You’ll be surprised how your generosity will have an even bigger impact on you and those people who mean so much to you.
6. Schedule Your “Me Time”
Who says dates have to always be with another person? With so much going on, we often end up putting ourselves last. Make time for yourself by scheduling an hour on the calendar just for you, and whatever you feel like doing. Whether it’s taking a walk or reading a book, give yourself permission to be selfish for a little bit – the chores, socializing, and shopping will be there when you’re done, but you’ll come back feeling much better.
7. Catch Up With Old Friends
On the other side of the coin, there’s something to be said about spending time with old friends – the ones who get you in a way that nobody else can, and whose friendship picks up right where you left off. Catching up with them is not only a wonderful distraction from that awkward family dinner with your eccentric aunt Tilda, but letting them vent to you about their Holiday anxieties will put yours in perspective and you can at least commiserate together!
8. Beat the Blues
You’re not the only one who gets the winter blues. Dark skies and gloomy days can bring anybody down, especially if crappy weather continues for days on end. Try getting outside to at least breathe in the fresh air, or invest in a daylight-simulating lamp, which mimics the look of real sunlight.
9. Don’t Forget Your Routine
Face it, we’re all creatures of habit! One of the sneaky stressors of the Holidays is the disruption to your daily routine, be it because you’re visiting relatives and have to accommodate their breakfast choices, or you’re staying up late attending one Holiday party after another. Make a point of sticking to at least one of your routines – whether it’s reading the news first thing in the morning or drinking tea last thing at night – so that you can feel in control of at least this small part of your life.
10. Make Up Your Own Holiday Tradition
There’s no rule that says you have to continue following a tradition you don’t love. Instead, take advantage of this season to create your own wonderful memories and traditions with the people who matter to you. By making up your own Holiday traditions, you’ll ensure that this time next year, you’ll be looking forward to the festivities – not dreading them. As it should be.
Let us know which tips are you favorites, and remember – you got this! Wishing you a happy and healthy Holiday season,
– The goodNes Crew