As wonderful as the holidays are, sometimes they can be incredibly stressful. There's the pressure of trying to find great gifts, dealing with family you may have straining relationships with, or trying to work retail. It's a lot, and it can take a toll on your mental and physical health. Although there is a lot going on, it's so important to take time for yourself. The importance of your well-being takes priority over anything else. Listed below I've found some ways that help me de-stress. I hope it works for you too.
As much as we sometimes dread it, going to the gym has a huge impact on your mental health. Endorphins are released from your brain that can help you to be more energized and happier. If you don't have the option of going to the gym, there are plenty of videos on YouTube where you can still workout or do light exercise in the comfort of your living room or bedroom. It's especially good when you're on a time crunch, or don't want to be around possible judging eyes. If the gym isn't your scene, yoga is an excellent alternative. Even basic meditation for 5-10 minutes is a great method of disconnecting and resting your brain.
I've always loved reading for de-stressing as it helps you step away from your life for a bit and dip into a different world for a while. Even reading a chapter of your favourite book or one that you're currently reading can help calm your nerves.
Sometimes writing out all of your feelings is a great way to step back and assess your stress and how to manage it. Sometimes it's hard to talk to people about how stressful things are, so writing them as if you're writing a letter or even just key smashing on a blog, it'll help you feel better.
This may seem silly, but cleaning is a great way of de-stressing (and decluttering!) Like exercise, cleaning has you being physical and also focused on the task at hand. I find putting on some music and going ham on the cleaning lets you shake things off. Plus your room will be so tidy after!
This is a big one. Sleep is crucial in getting anything done. If you lack sleep, it can effect how you do even the simplest of tasks, and your attitude on things. By getting plenty of rest, your mind is mentally prepared to go into the day, your skin is fresh, and anxiety isn't as badly on the brain. Take the time to go to bed early. Shut off the phone an hour before, take some melatonin if you have to, have an herbal tea and call it a day.
I hope these methods help you relax during the holidays. It's so important to take time for yourself during this crazy month. You are your #1 priority.
How do you de-stress during the holidays?