Slow Down and Enjoy the Holiday
Today we wanted to share an article that will hopefully help you have a peaceful and enjoyable holiday season.
It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of year. Only there you are, battling your way to the register among hordes of mall shoppers, listening to relatives bicker at family get-togethers, and staying up until all hours to bake festive treats. But are your Grinch feelings normal—or do you need to do things differently to better handle the holidays? Seasonal overstress is not uncommon: Numerous studies have found that for many people, the holidays are the most overwhelming part of the year, and women are even more affected than men. Reality check: Despite all the holiday craft and decorations boards on Pinterest, there are no requirements when it comes to celebrating. Here are some proven ways to enjoy the season without freaking out.
· Remake a list, don’t check it twice: Jot down your top priorities, leaving off anything that is not an absolute must. Be brutal: Do you really have to host more than one meal or go to every party? Then delegate what you can. Give your partner a list of to-does-whether it’s shopping for gift dot hauling out the decorations.
· Be real about family fun: Expecting relatives to be one big happy family can leads to letdown. Instead, aim for one big calm family. Organize easy activities, like a Monopoly championship or a movie screening. You can also suggest that guests relax with a book or take a walk outside.
· Keep up fitness: Most of ease up on exercising regularly during the holiday season because we’re so short on time. But that’s a big mistake. Even squeezing in a 15-minute run several times a week or a nightly after-diner walk will improve your mood and make you feel less stressed-out.
· Know that the thought really does count: Often our own perfectionism can drive us to shop for the perfect presents—racking up time and frustration (not to mention bills). The truth is, people want to know that you thought of them and value them; that’s the biggest gift. A small or homemade item with a note that says how much the person means to you year-round will be a bigger hit than a pricey present.
· Focus on what the holidays signify to you: For some, they are about time spent with family; for others, religious observance is key. Own your meaning reflecting for just a few minutes each day on the significance of the holidays and why you appreciate them and can help keep centered.
We hope that these small tips can help make your holidays that much more enjoyable. Just remember to breathe and take one thing at a time. You are amazing!
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Article copy from: Health Magazine