Well, here they are! The holidays are here once again and with it comes a plethora of feelings. Excitement, joy, sadness, stress, etc. The holidays bring up a lot of emotions, whether you’re hosting your first holiday Christmas party and feeling nervous, or seeing your out-of-town family members who you haven’t seen in awhile, to remembering those who you cannot celebrate with anymore. I know all of those feelings too well. Whatever your situation may be, my heart is with you! It’s especially important to remember to take care of you, who is busy taking care of others. Today, I’ve gathered some tips, tricks, and some affordable items to help you decompress and reduce your holiday stress so you can spend more time enjoying the season.
I know, easier said than done. But seriously, force yourself to take a chill pill. I’m especially bad at this, but there comes a time when you have to lock yourself in a room for even 5 minutes to just breathe and collect your thoughts. When you’re feeling overwhelmed or distracted, take 5-10 minutes and just be. For me, it helps if I sit on the floor and close my eyes. I leave my phone in the other room and just sit in solitude for 10 minutes max. This helps me become “grounded” and clear my head.
Start each day with a productive mind
Every morning I wake up and immediately start to think about all of the things I need to do that day. Of course, I never write them down so sometimes it leaves my brain until it becomes an urgent matter. I started keeping a to-do tablet by my bedside so I can jot down something that comes to my mind while getting ready. I’m not a big list-maker, but I’ve realized that making lists are truly helpful. They keep my 100-track mind on task so when I’m stressed out to the max I can remember what I need to do. It also helps to write the list in order of importance, so you can tackle the big stuff first and not feel that dark cloud over your head.
Turn on an Essential Oil Diffuser
This thing hands-down changed my life. I don’t know how I survived all those years without an essential oil diffuser. At first, I thought essential oils were for hippies… boy was I wrong. I bought a diffuser a few months back and an oil starter kit. I started using a few drops of the “Sleep” blend and that was the best nights sleep of my life. It was so potent, it made Matt snooze his alarm 4 times and he was late for work! So, I had to stop using that one but I substituted it for a lavender oil. Lavender not only smells good but it works wonders for your mood. To help me unwind and relax after a stressful day, I’ll do a heavy pour of wine (a must-have) and a few drops of Lavender oil. Lavender is proven to help ease feelings of tension, promote a restful sleep, and can improve blood circulation. You can also use lavender oil to help heal cuts, skin irritations and bruises!
Keep Yourself Healthy
The last thing you need is to catch a nasty cold during the holiday season. While it’s pretty unavoidable, you can take some precautions to nip those cold symptoms in the bud.
– Get some sleep. We all need to recharge our batteries. Get some well-deserved shuteye and let your body rest.
– Take probiotics. Again, another thing I thought was only for hippies. Nope. I was wrong. Again. Probiotics help strengthen your digestive system to ward off cold and flu viruses that could be floating around. They are also great for keeping your gut nice and healthy. Plus, there’s something about them that just increases your mood.
– Get some exercise. “Ew… who wants to do that? Let’s make cookies instead!” – Me. Usually, our exercise routines get put on the back burner during the holiday months. That’s why I’ve come up with this compromise! Instead of being cooped up in the gym, I’ll leash Sadie up, grab my husband, and we’ll go for a walk after dinner. I love going on brisk 30-40 minute walks because it’s just enough to get your heart rate going but nothing too strenuous. This is a great opportunity to walk around the neighborhood and look at all the Christmas lights and decorations. Bundle up and get walkin’!
Splurge… just a little.
You owe it to yourself to take a load off, so buy yourself a little holiday gift to a local spa or massage place to get some R&R; you knead it (get it…?).
For those who are financially stressed about the holidays, give yourself a budget for this month, and try a “No-Buy January,” where you only buy the necessities (groceries, toiletries, etc). Try to avoid any extra purchases this month so you can catch up from the past month. Also, try to avoid buying any large electronics in the month of December. Most of those deals will be even more discounted in January.