We all have stress in our lives; between school, work, families, and balancing that thing called life, it’s inevitable. Add long lines, searching for the perfect gifts, holiday parties, and visits from the in-law and it becomes exceedingly harder to handle. ‘Tis the season for holiday stress.
With a little time management and taking some time for you, there’s no reason this holiday season can’t be a breeze.
1. Make a To-Do List
When things seem overwhelming, make a list. Visualizing and organizing all of your tasks will help you see exactly what you have to do. You can then figure out a plan of action. Then, each time you complete one, cross it off! Once you your list diminish you will feel much better.
Working out is known to produce endorphins, which make us feel happy and relaxed. Aerobic exercise or weightlifting for at least 20 minutes a day will not only keep you feeling less stressed, but also keep you from packing on the winter weight. Pilates and yoga are also great ways to stay fit and keep you feeling calm. Don’t have membership to a gym, or feel like you don’t have enough time to workout? There are plenty of at-home exercises that you can do throughout the day wherever you are.
3. Allow 15 Minutes of Me Time
Even if you’re on the run all day and want nothing more to crash as soon as you get home, resist. Take 15 minutes to sit down and relax. You can read a book or a magazine to help take your mind off the day. Even better, taking a relaxing bath or practicing mediation are great ways to unwind after a rough day. Allowing time for yourself is important to keeping you from feeling overwhelmed.
4. Just Breathe
The next time you’re waiting in line, dealing with screaming kids, or having problems with an annoying coworker, just stop and take a minute to collect yourself. Inhale, count backwards from ten, and smile. Keeping a positive attitude will make any situation better. Just remind yourself that the situation will pass and you can overcome anything.
Assistance Provided by Tori Thompson