Even though holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, for most of us, it also tends to be extremely stressful. It might not be like that for everyone, but when you think about it, there are simply too many things going on in every aspect of our lives. We constantly have to attend office parties, run around doing errands, buy various presents, etc.
I get it, this doesn’t exactly sound like the end of the world, but it’s a fact that over 60% of people are dealing with some kind of anxiety when holidays are just around the corner. That’s why I decided to chat a little bit with a professional therapist, and gather some tips for all of you who’ll need some destressing in the next couple of weeks. So, if you need any advice on how to survive the upcoming holidays, stick around until the end of the article and you’ll have every information you need to make everything run smoothly.
- Set Your Priorities Straight
First things first, when the holidays come, you need to set your priorities straight. The reason for that is simply the fact that you might no longer enjoy doing the same stuff you did before. So, instead of forcing yourself to do them, or keep doing them simply out of the habit, make sure that you kick them out of your schedule to make room for more important things, and things you enjoy doing now.
For example, instead of spending hours and hours of your precious time baking cookies for your neighbors just so they’d like you more because of it, try spending more time with your kids. It doesn’t matter what you’ll be doing, take them to the movies, take them shopping for the toys they want, or simply stay in and drink some hot cocoa with them. Time goes by too fast, and if you don’t start doing things you truly enjoy, you might end up regretting it later.
- Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help
As I stated in the previous paragraph, your time is extremely precious, and doing all the things that come with the holidays might be very time-consuming.
That’s why you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help from anyone you trust. Whether it’s your close friend, a partner, your kids, it doesn’t matter. As long as you have someone close to help you decorate the Christmas tree, help you with shopping, preparing food, you’ll get all of it done faster and you won’t be tired as much. The more people you manage to get involved, the better it is for you.
- Put Social Media On “Pause”
Whenever you’re bored, hopping on social media and mindlessly scrolling through numerous Instagram posts can be fun. But, you have to keep in mind that when we’re doing that, time goes by really really fast. So fast that you don’t even notice that a couple of hours have passed without you even noticing.
But, let’s put aside the whole “time” thing aside for a second. The real problem with social media during holidays is that you get even more stressed out when you see all the polished pictures that other people are posting, bragging how “perfect” their life is. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that you should be envious of your friends, it’s good that they’re doing well, but, the problem is that you’ll start comparing yourself to them, and you’ll start to think you’re not as hardworking as they are.
Keep in mind that people tend to lie on social media, and that’s why, to be as productive as you can be, take a break from it during the holidays, you might even be surprised by how little you’re going to miss it.
- Create Your Perfect Holiday Playlist
This might not seem that important, but listening to upbeat festive, or basically, any other songs can make you feel incredibly good. That’s why you should give it a try, and next time it’s your turn to cook a meal, play your favorite song, turn the volume up, and start jamming as you’re displaying your culinary skills.
- Don’t Forget to Take Deep Breaths
The next underrated thing you should start doing is simply taking deep, relaxing breaths next time something gets you all riled up. I know that this sounds simple and too silly to be true, but trust me, it’s extremely relaxing. So the next time you start feeling anxious, pay attention to how you breathe, if it’s all fast and shallow, try to calm down and start breathing slower and deeper. You’ll start feeling better in no time.
- Take A Long Walk
It doesn’t even have to be a long one, just take a walk. Going outside and just walking can be extremely beneficial for you. Not only that you’ll get away from the things that are making you feel anxious, but also you’re doing your body favor too, which is a win-win situation.
- Find Your “Me Time”
I know that during holidays time things tend to get crazy and extremely busy, but still, you need to find some “me” time. At first, you might feel bad for getting away from your friends, partner, etc., but you have to realize that you won’t accomplish anything if you have a nervous breakdown or something like that. That’s why the next time you feel like you’ve had enough of everything and might snap, just take a break, put everything you’re doing on pause and go for a cup of coffee, go meditate, it doesn’t matter. Just find some time for yourself and make the best of it.