No matter how much we plan ahead, getting stressed during the busiest parts of the year often happens to the best of us.
Here are 12 simple tips for how to destress during the holidays:
1. Have a massage party.
Hire a masseuse who is willing to come and spend several hours at your location and have some friends over to split the cost and de-stress with you.
2. Give yourself little rewards.
Make a list of simple things you enjoy – little treats, playing a game of solitaire, reading a favorite book for 10 minutes, watching a short YouTube video, etc. and reward yourself with short breaks throughout the day or after finishing a task.
3. Relax by the light of Christmas lights or the fireplace.
Turn all the other lights off and just let yourself be quiet.
4. Take a walk.
Depending on where you live you might have to bundle up, or you could go to a shopping center or gym to walk around inside. It might seem crazy to go to a mall at this time of year, it just depends on where you are, but you don’t have to let the hustle and bustle get to you if your sole purpose is to get your blood pumping and burn off some steam, or take it leisurely.
5. Create a wind-down routine.
It makes us sound incredibly old, but David and I love to end the day with a calming cup of tea. We don’t do it every day, but we also enjoy watching a teaching and discussing it or laughing together watching a show.
Maybe your wind-down routine might be hot chocolate or a bubble bath or reading a good book or shooting hoops or a million other things. The point is that it’s good to take some time to do stuff like that, and it’s ok to schedule it into your day or write it on your to do list or whatever works best for you.
6. Make a not to do list.
Speaking of lists…
While I know that it’s not advisable to focus on the negatives or what you don’t want yourself to do, it is, I think, helpful to identify the things you don’t want to have taking up your time.
When you’re tempted to go there yourself, or when others try to add to your to do list, you can say “Sorry, that’s on my not to do list!” 🙂
7. Flip off the on-demand switch.
As useful and helpful email, texting, and smart phones are, they’ve created a stressful reality for many – living on-demand, at the beck and call of everyone’s whim.
Some people are all about an electronics fast or freeze or whatever you want to call it, but what really relaxes me is not putting pressure on myself to respond to emails, texts, Facebook messages, etc. or answer the phone.
I’m not suggesting ignoring people, that’s just rude.
Just turn off your notifications or don’t check at all for a while. It’s ok. You’re not the president. Unless you are, in which case wow, what are you doing here?
8. Make a gratitude list.
Being stressed often keeps us from appreciating the little things or recognizing the things we’re thankful for.
Make a list to combat that.
9. Read Moment Maker.
It’s not a life-changing book, but it’s a short read that helps you to re-evaluate your moments, view them better, and make the most of them, which is helpful to have in mind especially at this time of year.
10. Listen to music, maybe make it a dance party 🙂
I think this is pretty self-explanatory.
11. Stop for a cuddle.
Or even just a good hug!
You’re not meant to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. Take time to quiet yourself and put your stresses in their proper place.