The holidays are often filled with hustle and bustle, making prioritizing our physical and mental health complex. Here are some tips for a happy and healthy holiday to help you slow down and focus on your well-being.
Manage stress by planning.
Creating a schedule for the coming weeks is one way to make the holidays as stress-free as possible. This doesn’t have to be a detailed day-to-day schedule, but writing out all your responsibilities and plans for the seasons will give you a clear idea of your upcoming commitments. This plan will help you better mentally prepare for the holidays since you know what to expect and when.
Keep close to your usual routine.
Even though the holiday season can disrupt our usual schedules, it’s important to stick as close to a routine as possible. We get used to our practices, which means significant changes can disrupt our physical and mental health and make us feel more stressed this time of year. So, if you exercise every morning or go to bed at a particular time, continue to do so on your holiday break. Sticking close to your usual routine will bring consistency to a stressful season and help you enjoy the time spent with family and friends.
Live in the moment.
It’s easy to get caught up in social media, but you should limit the time you spend scrolling during the holidays to stay present and be in the moment with your loved ones. Even minor adjustments to your phone habits, such as leaving it in a different room during dinner or turning it off while you’re out with friends, can significantly impact your well-being.
Take some time for yourself.
Whether you’re traveling to see family or are hosting friends, it’s essential to take some time for yourself amidst all your commitments. Be intentional with your alone time, opting to walk, read a book for thirty minutes, get a facial, or even take an afternoon nap. You may feel guilty doing so, but taking some time away will help you feel rejuvenated and less stressed. It can make the season more enjoyable for you and your loved ones.
The holidays are all about expressing gratitude and love. Show yourself some appreciation by taking care of yourself this season.
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