The holidays are some of the most fun, yet most stressful parts of the year. Family dynamics, social calendars, and work obligations can really start to pile up. There can be a lot of social media expectations too, and not everyone has the ability to have what our society considers the picture-perfect holiday season. Nothing is quite that perfect, and here are some excellent tips for handling stress this holiday season.
7 Tips for Handling Stress This Holiday Season
1. Drink Your Water
Seriously, if you aren’t drinking more than 68 ounces of water a day, you should be drinking like 80 ounces. Drinking water helps your body digest food and keeps your energy up. It’s really important to keep your body in tip-top shape with all of the food and alcohol you’re consuming.
2. Stick To Your Routine
This is a huge factor to me personally, and I know it helps a lot of other people as well. Don’t sacrifice your routine in the name of a couple more drinks, or 20 more minutes of sleep. I know it can be really easy to give in to temptations, but sticking to your routine will help your body more than you think.
Routines are great for a busy season because they keep you grounded. They’ll help you stay focused on what really matters.
3.Watch the Sweets
Honestly, this is the pot calling the kettle black, but we really need to watch how much sugar we’re eating. A couple small treats here and there really add up, so I encourage you to actively watch what you’re eating. In order to help curb some of my cravings, I’m going to make myself drink 8 ounces of water, and physically write down what I’m eating. This should help me be more mindful of what I’m eating.
4. Monitor Your Alcohol Intake
I don’t know about you, but drinking is a sure way to pack the sugar, calories on, and to make you really tired the next day. For every drink, have one glass of water. Try to find a drink that you don’t need a sugary soda to accompany it. This will most likely save you money and a few extra pounds.
5. Really Savor Your “Once a Year” Foods
Does your family have that one sweet or food that they only make this time of year? For me, it’s my grandma’s lefsa and my dad’s mashed potatoes. There are other sweets and foods that I just love that we can really only get in Wisconsin (like a good old fashioned, or cheese curds).
Savor what you love, but don’t binge on it. You’ll only do some damage to your body.
6. Move Your Body
Whether it means walking instead of driving/taking an uber/taking public transportation or taking a stroll at lunch. During family gatherings, go outside and play with younger kids, or go for a walk with one of your older relatives.
You don’t have to run a marathon, but please make sure to not be a total couch potato. You’ll thank yourself on January 1st.
7. Take Some Time for Yourself
Are family members getting over-whelming? Too many parties and bar crawls? End of the year at work a time crunch? Cancel a few plans, or make time in your schedule for some self-care. Take a bath, watch your favorite Christmas movie, or read a good book.
It’s better to be all there for the events that you do attend, than half-there for too many events.
How do you take care of yourself this holiday season?
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