5 Tips For A Reduced Stress Christmas
- Be Realistic
Life isn’t perfect. It’s never going to be. That’s the reality we need to embrace. There will be disappointments, things that don’t turn out “just right,” and problems that crop up. Learning to accept the imperfections in life and rolling with them can reduce a significant amount of stress. Being realistic will allow you to enjoy “what is” rather than being disappointed or upset by what “should have been.”
- Be Mindful Of What You Eat And Drink
It’s easy to get caught up in all of the food choices during the Christmas holiday season. Overeating, eating and drinking too much alcohol are common causes of stress. Foods high in sugar, stimulants, and alcohol stress the body. While they might taste good going in, they WILL stress your body and nervous system. Being selective about what you consume and watching the amount can help prevent the unnecessary stress that comes from undisciplined eating.
- It’s ok to say “No”
With all the pressure over the Christmas period, to see family and friends, present buying etc, it is easy to feel stressed. Remember it isn’t selfish to say “no” to someone or something if it feels too much. Being selective in what you choose to engage in during the Christmas season puts you in control of your life experience rather than having others dictate it to you.
- Take Some “You” Time
There usually is a lot to do during the Christmas season. Managing your stress well during the Christmas season by planning in some “you” time; e.g. go for a walk, read a book, watch a Christmas movie, take a nap.
Balance the things that need to be done with time for fun and rest can also help to manage stress at this time of year; e.g. you could plan your mornings for the work that needs to be done, and then the rest of the day to be with family and having fun and / or taking some “you” time.
- Take a break
Taking regular rest breaks is a great way to minimize the build-up of stress. Resting and relaxing each day can keep your body and mind healthy, especially at this time of year. Resting for even five minutes here and there throughout the day can be enough to offset a build-up of stress. Also, it’s important to remember that it’s not selfish to take time out to rest. Taking frequent rest breaks can be an important self-care practice.
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