The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But they can also be a time of stress and anxiety.
If you're feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath and check out these
10 Tips for Surviving the Holiday Season.
- Plan ahead. Make a list of all the people you need to buy gifts for, and start shopping early. This will save you money and prevent last-minute scrambling. I try to start early on in the year but around this time of year, I like to make my lists to make sure I am on track and know what I am looking for!
- Set a budget. Speaking of money, it's important to set a budget for holiday spending and stick to it. This will help you avoid going into debt during the holidays. (If you or anyone you know needs financial support, reach out. I am a certified Green Gap coach-and have access to a whole network of people-who can support you in managing finances. This option can also be a gift for someone you know as well!)
- Don't over commit. It's easy to say yes to every holiday party and get-together, but try to limit yourself to only the events that you really want to attend. You don't need to burn yourself out trying to attend everything. This is the time of year that is really easy to feel exhausted... perhaps it is in part due to the time change and the darker days? Maybe we are supposed to hibernate this time of year? Either way, monitor your energy, as all the events can be exhausting.
- Take some time for yourself. With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it's important to take some time for yourself. Whether it's taking a relaxing bath or reading your favorite book, make sure to schedule some "me" time into your busy schedule.
- Exercise. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress and boost your energy levels. Even if you can only fit in a quick walk around the block or have a dance party while making dinner, getting some fresh air or movement will do wonders for your mental health.
- Eat healthy. It's easy to indulge in all the holiday sweets and treats, but try to make sure you're still eating plenty of healthy fruits, vegetables, and proteins too. A well-balanced diet will help you feel your best this holiday season (and beyond).
- Get enough sleep. Sleep is essential for both your physical and mental health, so make sure you're getting enough rest this holiday season. You'll be able to enjoy the holidays much more if you're not exhausted all the time! Take note of your sleep hygiene and work on improving habits.
- Limit your alcohol intake. Alcohol can be tempting at holiday parties, but it's important not drink too much. Not only can excessive alcohol consumption lead to unhealthy decision-making, it can also make anxiety worse. If you do drink, make sure you're doing so responsibly.
- Ask for help. If you're feeling overwhelmed, don't be afraid to ask for help from friends or family members. They'll be more than happy to pitch in, whether it's with gift shopping, party planning, or just lending a listening ear.
- Seek professional help. If you're struggling with anxiety or depression, seek professional help from a therapist or counselor, or if you are just needing some guidance (not a diagnosed issue), seek out a coach that can help you navigate stressors and set goals with you. Whatever option you pick, they can provide valuable support and guidance during this difficult time of year.
REMEMBER: The holidays are supposed to be a joyful time, filled with the magic of the season, but often they end up being more stressful.. If you're feeling overwhelmed this holiday season, take a deep breath and try out some of these self-care tips. From planning ahead to seeking professional help, there are plenty of ways to make it through the holidays without losing your mind!