Holidays are supposed to offer recuperation and relaxation. Unfortunately, a lot of people find it stressful. In fact, 8 out of 10 Americans anticipate stress during the holiday season. From preparing or indulging in rich meals to battling crowds while shopping and the never-ending chats with the in-laws, it is understandable most of us are stressed during this wonderful time of year.
Here are a few easy ways to integrate mindfulness into your holidays. Dodge the holiday blues and take a break from holiday stress.
Take your time
Part of the stress is the rate at which things happen during the holidays. If you’re preparing for a holiday party, then start cooking ahead of time. When travelling, allow for extra time so traffic doesn’t keep you from the celebration.
Take your time and allow yourself to go slower.
Don’t be a “yes” man
Holiday parties are often fun and festive, but that doesn’t mean that you have to attend every party in the neighborhood. Feel free to decline, especially if they conflict with family activities. Your friends will surely understand why you can’t make it to some events.
Plus, doing more than you have time and energy for can add up to your holiday stress.
Schedule a “me” time
During the holidays, we think so much of others that we sometimes forget our own needs. Once the planning is done, it’s time for you to take a break and relax.
Book a massage, take a hot bath, go to an afternoon movie or read a book. Whatever activity relaxes you, go for it.
Get some sunshine
It is the time of the year when most of us leave for work when it’s still dark and head home after the sun goes down. The problem here is, sometimes, it’s not just stress. The problem may be attributed to Seasonal Affective Disorder.
The solution? Go outside during the day and get some sunshine, even if it’s just for 30 minutes. Instead of driving, walk to the store. Or visit a friend in the neighborhood. Walking outside is beneficial, not only for the sunlight, but also for the exercise.