The Christmas season is upon us, and even though it is a joyous and festive time filled with gifts and treats, it can also be a stressful time with fluctuating funds and increased workflow.
The stress can mount up when you’re thinking about end-of-the-year deadlines and the never ending list of presents you need to buy. But don’t worry. There are things you can do to help control that overwhelming feeling.
- Set Routines.
- This may very well be THE thing that keeps you sane. Routines are great because they are completely under your control. They remind you to take the time to be present with yourself. Sometimes, they’re your only designated “me time.” Your routine can be as simple as always making the time for breakfast or it can be a nightly shower and cleansing routine. Whatever it is that you choose to do, make sure that you are consistent. Setting a reminder on your phone may help.
- Do an Activity You Thoroughly Enjoy.
- This one is great because it can even take you out of your regular element. Go out with friends. If you’re a movie buff, take some time to head to the theater or watch your favorite film. Personally, I have begun making more time to read fiction and literature. Whatever it is that you enjoy doing, make to sure to include a little bit of that each week.
- Don’t forget to Exercise!
- I know… You’re already busy and now you’re also running around preparing for Christmas. But, in my book, this one is non-negotiable. It’s an effective de-stressor and is great for your health. Not to mention, it’ll help with all of those holiday treats floating around. If you have a gym membership, make sure to go straight there after work. This will mitigate the temptation to stay in once you’re home. If you don’t have a gym membership, workout at home. Work it into a nightly routine. Set a reminder. 😉
I hope you find these tips helpful. What are some things that help you destress?
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