We are just 10 short days away from the big Christmas holiday, and there's no doubt about it that people are excited. The presents, the food, the family and friends time; it's a lot to take in. But for for some people, the holidays are a really stressful time. Some people don't like to be around their families, are experiencing too much stress in their jobs, may not have the funds for the presents they want to give, or just downright don't like the holidays at all. When a lot of this is thrown at you, it can be really stressful. That's why today's post is all about ways to de-stress around the holiday season. Here are five useful tools I use all year round, but especially around the holidays.
As Elle Woods from Legally Blonde once said, "exercise gives you endorphins, and endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't kill!" As someone who works in retail, I can relate to maybe wanting to kill someone when they drive me nuts, but such is life. In that case, sometimes the best way to avoid any sort of stress is to exercise. It doesn't have to be super intense, but just enough to keep the blood pumping. If going to the gym isn't your thing (and trust me, sometimes it's not mine), doing mindful practices like yoga and meditation are great ways to unwind and disconnect for a couple of hours. Don't have the funds to go to a yoga class? You can totally do it all from home! There are amazing yoga Youtubers who have all sorts of different practices at all levels. One of my favourites is Yoga With Adriene. She has a variety of videos of all learning levels, capabilities, and moods.
In this day and age, it's so hard to avoid social media. It's constantly in our faces, and when it's just a tap away on our phones, it sometimes feels like we need to always be connected. But sometimes when you see so many photos of your friends doing things, or posts about what to buy or so much news in your face, it's important to unwind and detach. Even if it's just for an hour, set your phone to airplane mode, and occupy your time doing something else. Even if it's just napping or going for a walk, take the time to remove yourself from social. Then when you go back, you may not feel entirely overwhelmed.
3. Eat Well
Although it's hard to do so around the holidays, trying to eat well is incredibly important for your mood and your overall well being. By eating well and getting a decent amount of sleep, you'll be in a better mood to take on the day. By eating a lot of processed foods, it not only puts you in a negative headspace, but you won't feel well enough to do what you want to do. It's easy to grab the chocolate when you're stressed, but even just trying to switch up a few meals during the day will totally turn around a sluggish behaviour.
When I'm stressed out, sometimes to get out of my own life is to jump into someone elses! Sometimes just being in bed or on a couch and reading is the best cure to de-stress, even if it's just for 30 minutes. Whatever it is you're into reading be it bios, graphic novels, fiction, or even a magazine, so long as it makes you happy, you just do you.
This may seem a little weird, but one way that I find peace is by keeping my mind occupied with something that isn't bothering me. I find a lot of comfort in re-organizing my closet or desk, using adult colouring books, or even just doing mindless cleaning like vacuuming or dusting. Whatever it is you like to do to keep you busy in the off time, again, you just do you.