The holidays can be the most joyous time of the year, but for some, it can also be the most stressful. Not enough time or money can put a lot of pressure on you, but don’t worry you’re going to make it!
Here are five easy things you can do to keep your stress level down so you can enjoy the sights, sounds, and—most importantly—your friends and family during the holiday season
Know your spending limit – This one seems like a no-brainer, but it gets ignored routinely. It’s okay to tell children that something costs too much (and in fact may serve to teach them the true value of money), and those who care won’t mind gifts that are modest and heartfelt.
Learn how to say no – The holidays can be the busiest time of the year. It’s ok to say no to events that you don’t want to attend. Time is precious and is the best gift you can give to yourself.
Exercise – It’s biological fact that exercise releases endorphins in your brain, which trigger feelings of well-being. Even moderate exercise like going for a walk, yoga at home, or even (gulp) housework can release these beneficial brain chemicals. Don’t forget to hydrate; water is critical to body function.
Moderation – Holiday season is notorious for overindulgence. A steady diet of parties and rich food can quickly make you sluggish and your mind foggy, which makes you more susceptible to stress and fatigue.
Meditation – Meditation can be as simple as five to ten minutes of quiet time, focused on breathing. Arguably the hard part is finding the quiet time, right? Try this simple meditation for five minutes. You’ll be astounded at what a little “you” time can do.
- Sit upright, spine erect in a comfortable chair. This is an active posture, but not completely rigid
- Focus your gaze lightly ahead, resting on anything but focusing on nothing.
- Breathe in through your nose with a three count, and out for five. Focus on your breathing.
- Thoughts will come into your mind; you’re not trying to stop them. Recognize the thought and refocus on breathing.
- Above all, don’t worry if you are doing it right or get frustrated if you can’t focus. Simply continue with the breathing. You are oxygenating your body and calming your limbic system.