We know that the holidays can bring so much fun and joy and they can also be a bit overwhelming at times. There are so many different emotions that people feel during this time of year.
We would love to encourage you this year in planning ahead and finding ways to help deal with holiday anxiety.
Here are 7 tips to think about as we head into the holiday season:
1- Get enough sleep or rest. This is something that in today's fast paced world can be difficult to do. Sometimes it takes actually scheduling your rest on your calendar.
2- Take time for yourself, but do not isolate yourself. It is about balance right? Find the sweet spot for you based on your needs for social interaction.
3- Eat and drink in moderation. Do not drink alcohol if you are feeling down. We want to enjoy the holiday season but not regret the holiday season. If you are feeling down instead of drinking pick an activity that will help boost your mood.
4- Get exercise. We know that there are some of you that love your turkey trot, then there are others who would not even entertain the thought of running a race on a holiday. No matter which camp you are in we see you! We also know the importance of movement to beat the holiday anxiety so even a short walk is something!
5- Make a to-do list but keep things simple. Lists can help us stay on track and complete everything we need to do. Make sure that you are not over committing yourself on your list but that you are putting things on that are the priority and that you have the capacity for.
6- Set reasonable expectations and goals for holiday activities. Some examples of this would be shopping, cooking, entertaining, attending parties or sending holiday cards. Remember there is only so much one person can do!
7- Set a financial budget for holiday activities. Planning ahead on how much you would like to spend is key for not going overboard during the holidays. This includes gifts as well!
Here are the tips again:
We hope you find these tips helpful and that you have an enjoyable holiday season this year.