The holidays are such a magical time of the year. Your family and friends all want to get together and celebrate, but let’s be real here for a second, that’s where the stress comes in. It’s so easy to get stuck in “Grinch Mode” because the stress of the season has taken over! So we put together five ways to de-stress so you can get back to being grateful, present, and enjoying the season with the family and friends you love.
Before the holidays are in full swing, give your self some time to get organized. Make a list of the people you need to shop for. Schedule in the parties you need to go to and everything else in-between, but be sure to pencil some time to just sit back and enjoy this time of year. Don’t overdo it. You don’t have to say yes to every party or get together. “No” might be your best friend this year.
Multi-tasking is way overrated. Take it one step at a time. You can be so much more productive with your time if you focus on a single task from start to finish. With just one thing on your mind, you are more present and way more focused. You won’t stress yourself out by trying to do too many things at once.
Take a Hot Bath
There is nothing a good, hot bath can’t fix. Add in some bath salts, bentonite clay powder and your favorite relaxing essential oils, and holiday stress has no chance. The hot water will relax your muscles and allow your brain to slow down a bit, while the the salts help restore both your physical and emotional wellness. It’s quite the dynamic duo.
Don’t let the holiday cookies get you. The right food can give you the lasting energy you’ll definitely need to tackle whatever life decides to toss your way. Take some time to make healthy meals and give your body the nourishment it needs. Snack on a handful of nuts to keep your cortisol levels low. Did you know that broccoli and low-fat ranch dip can help reduce stress? Broccoli has folic-acid which aids in stress reduction. Not the tastiest of treats, but it might be just what you need!
You don’t have to spend a fortune on a spa day to pamper yourself. When the holiday stress is getting to be too much, pamper yourself right at home. Just 5 simple things can help you settle your mind and body and (bonus) it won’t break the bank.
The holidays are meant to be a time to celebrate with your family and friends, so don’t let stress take that away from you. De-stress with these 5 steps or in your own way and take back your holiday spirit.