The holiday season is always stressful. But this one’s especially difficult for everyone. So, we wanted to share some suggestions for staying centered as you attempt to navigate these strange times. Here are some things you can do to keep calm during the holidays.
When it comes to surviving the holidays, the best thing you can do is plan ahead of time. This goes for your holiday shopping and your holiday plans. Having solid plans in place can help you organize your days so you don’t get caught in any time-sensitive, stressful situations.
Yoga helps to relieve stress and anxiety, and you can do it anywhere, including your apartment. Sticking with a quick morning yoga practice can get you into the right headspace for the rest of the day, so the holiday stressors won’t get to you. For some yoga inspiration, check out our previous posts below:
Another tool that can help you keep calm during the holidays is meditation. There are many styles of meditation, each with their own unique techniques and benefits. However, the simple act of closing your eyes and noticing your breath can work wonders for an anxious mind. Meditation, like yoga, can help to prevent anxiety before it becomes a problem. But it’s also a useful tool to use when you’re feeling overly anxious or panicked.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is essential to feeling your best. When stress levels are high around the holidays, it becomes even more crucial. People who don’t sleep for long enough have been shown to report higher levels of stress. To help ensure you feel calm during the holidays, make sure you are getting adequate rest. That means at least seven hours — preferably eight.. If you’re struggling with insomnia, this earlier post might help.
Our bodies were meant to move. That’s why we feel our best when we’re routinely active. Exercise is a proven stress reliever, so it’s important that you structure in some exercise during the holiday season. We recommend checking out these fat-burning exercises you can do from anywhere.
Take Quiet Time
When all else fails, the best thing you can do for your state of mind is to take a few minutes of quiet time by yourself. You may not be around a large group of family this season, but things can still get overwhelming. Do whatever you need to do to feel centered and remember to prioritize self-care this holiday season.