Stay Sane During The Holidays
Everyone gets stressed at different times especially with the holidays coming and being pulled in so many different directions between your family, friends and work life. Take some time with these 10 tips to prepare and figure out different ways that help you de-stress before you even become stressed.
It is also really helpful to find a good balance between work and rest from a weekly perspective. I do that by staying away from work and staying offline – except for one email check – during the weekend. I highly recommend trying it out.
Prioritize what really matters to you and carve out time during your weekend or evenings to do what you love doing.
Do you even have to do everything that is on your schedule? What things could you stop doing altogether with no or very small consequences?
You don’t have to do everything yourself. You don’t have to control or micromanage. If possible delegate and let someone else get that task or project to done.
The research keeps growing — exercise benefits your mind just as well as your body. We keep hearing about the long-term benefits of a regular exercise routine. But even a 20-minute walk, run, swim or dance session in the midst of a stressful time can give an immediate effect that can last for several hours.
Our brains are interconnected with our emotions and facial expressions. When people are stressed, they often hold a lot of the stress in their face. So laughs or smiles can help relieve some of that tension and improve the situation.
Call a friend, send an email. When you share your concerns or feelings with another person, it does help relieve stress. But it’s important that the person whom you talk to is someone whom you trust and whom you feel can understand and validate you. If your family is a stressor, for example, it may not alleviate your stress if you share your works woes with one of them.
Meditation and mindful prayer help the mind and body to relax and focus. Mindfulness can help people see new perspectives, develop self-compassion and forgiveness. When practicing a form of mindfulness, people can release emotions that may have been causing the body physical stress. Much like exercise, research has shown that even meditating briefly can reap immediate benefits.
A lack of sleep is a significant cause of stress. Unfortunately though, stress also interrupts our sleep as thoughts keep whirling through our heads, stopping us from relaxing enough to fall asleep.
10. Manage Your Time
At times, we all feel overburdened by our ‘To Do’ List and this is a common cause of stress. Accept that you cannot do everything at once and start to prioritize and diarise your tasks.
What are your some techniques you have found that help you?