The holidays are fully upon us, with houses decked in colorful lights and Christmas trees strapped to the hoods of cars. Supermarket shelves are lined with greeting cards and stocking stuffers. We continue to look at our bank accounts to monitor the financial blows of the holiday season.
During this festive time of year, stress levels can reach an all time high. If you don’t take care of yourself physically, emotionally and mentally, you may face burnout that affects your weight and health goals. How can you enjoy the holiday season with minimal stress?
How to Manage Holiday Stress:
Stay Physically Active
Physical activity releases endorphins, but it also burns calories! Go for a walk in the morning before your day starts, or even take an after-dinner stroll. Engage in family/friend/co-worker sport games or lace-up your sneakers to go “power” shopping and get your daily steps in.
Volunteer Your Time
Perhaps this doesn’t sound like a productive use of your time, but volunteer work can be exceptionally rewarding. Prepare and serve food at a soup kitchen or wrap holiday gifts at your local mall. Your actions will not only help others, but give you a fulfilling sense of purpose.
Stick to Your Budget
Whether it’s $100 or $1,000, set a holiday budget and don’t stray from it. Control how much you spend by planning ahead, reviewing your finances and coming up with a realistic budget for gifts. Remember — joy isn’t found on a price tag but in time spent with loved ones!
Remember to Stay Home
No, you don’t have to be a hermit this holiday season. But you also don’t have to attend every single holiday party or family get-together. And you don’t have to pack your weekends full of holiday shopping. Make sure to spend some quality time in the comfort of your home.
Treat Your Body Well
It’s a hectic time of year — we get it. But despite the chaos, remember to eat nutritious food, drink plenty of water and make time for rest when you feel like your body needs it.
Take a Break and Unplug
The holidays are meant to give your undivided attention to loved ones, so why not unplug? Put away your laptop and sign-off of social media accounts. Enjoy your family and friends.
Look at the Big Picture
Most importantly, try to stick to your normal routine. The holidays are a fun and festive time of year, but they’re short-lived. They aren’t worth derailing all of your hard-won progress.
Although it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle, self-care is too important to neglect. Make time for all aspects of your well-being. You’ll find that the holidays are much more enjoyable!