This time of year can be festive and fun, but it can also take a toll on mental health. The stresses of life can really take the joy out of what should be a time for family and friends, and gratefulness. Here are four tips that can help you feel calmer and less stressed.
1. Take a time out: When things are getting crazy and you feel like a ticking time bomb, take a step back and take some time for yourself. If you’re not sure what would bring you the most relaxation, here are a few ideas: drawing, journaling, taking a long, hot bath, or get carving out time for contemplation and reflection. Be sure to choose something that appeals specifically to you.
2. Make shopping simpler: Avoid the craziness of big box stores and shop small, local shops. You will have a more personal experience, plus you will be supporting a small business. Make lists and stick to them.
3. Delegate: You do not have to do it all! So, you could stress out over the fact that the fork and knife are on the wrong sides of the plate, or you could be happy that your 10-year-old was able to take one task away from you and set the table. Plus, telling your parents,“look what a beautiful job Alex did at setting the table!” will make for smiles all-around. Regardless of whether it’s giving simple tasks to the kids, or asking guests each to bring a dish to the party, delegating some of your typical chores can be rewarding.
4. Get moving: Whether it’s deep breathing exercises or a hardcore holiday workout, just getting outside of yourself by moving feels good. You can get the whole family involved in a healthy activity together, or take it as some more time for yourself. One of our favorite outdoor activities is sledding!
Photo from here, with thanks.