As much as we love the holiday season, it’s impossible to deny that it can be a major source of stress. Traveling to see family, shopping for gifts, hosting or attending holiday parties and trying to check off all the items on your holiday bucket list can make for a stressful month. And while we love our families, let’s be real — they can be a major trigger for anxiety. Luckily, there are lots of things you can do to help keep calm during the holidays. The following tools will come in handy any time you’re stressing out this season.
When it comes to surviving the holidays, the best thing you can do is plan ahead of time. This relates to both your holiday shopping and your holiday plans. Having solid plans in place can help you to properly organize your days so that you don’t get caught in any time-sensitive stressful situations.
Yoga can help to relieve stress and anxiety, and you can do it anywhere, including at your family’s home. While there are yoga poses you can do in the midst of a stressful situation to feel calmer, we recommend doing it as a preventative measure, too. 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 different 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 (at least seven hours, preferably eight). If you’re struggling with insomnia, this earlier post on overcoming insomnia might help.
Our bodies were meant to move. That’s why we feel our best when we’re routinely active. Exercise is proven to be a big 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. During the holidays, many of us are around family members at all times, and it can be overwhelming. If you’re prone to anxiety, all the excitement can be triggering. Don’t feel ashamed about needing to take some time to relax in the midst of all the chaos. Light a few candles, crack open a book and breathe. Do whatever you need to do to feel centered, and remember to prioritize self-care this holiday season.
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