How To Stay Sane During The Holidays
While the holidays bring laughter and cheer for most people, it’s important to remember that some people are going to have a harder time dealing with work, family, or loneliness. Some studies show that almost 25% of all people will experience depression or anxiety at some point throughout the holiday season. If you fall into the 25% who do experience some anxiety this season, here are six useful ways to help you make it through.
6. Don’t Overcommit
During the holidays people tend to book a ton of events and always want to help as much as they can, but if you’re a person that doesn’t work well under a lot of stress then don’t be afraid to limit your holiday merrymaking. Choose your events carefully, bring side dishes or store-bought items, and let people know you’re having a quiet holiday. This will help keep any stress at bay, and you’ll have more time to spend with your real loved ones.
Set aside time to exercise if you know you get worked up easily! Exercise will give you some time to relax and work off some of the crazed energy we get thanks to the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Getting into the rhythm of a good workout can reduce anxiety and release some tension. Exercising will even give you more physical energy to tackle your next holiday event.
4. Eat Your Fruits and Veggies
Keep tons of fruits and veggies in the fridge during the holiday season and it will help you avoid stress-eating on sweets! You may hate those carrot sticks at the moment, but you’ll thank yourself when it’s all over and you feel healthier and more energetic. Sticking to your diet when you’re going to be under a lot of stress is important to maintaining your confidence and your energy.
3. Be Thankful
If you’re feeling run down or stressed, it’s a good idea to put things into perspective and realize how lucky you, knowing that things could always be much worse. When you wake up each morning, remind yourself of the things you have to celebrate - they will instantly put you in a great mood!
Identify that spots on your body where you build up the most tension and at the end of the day, find a tennis ball (or a lacrosse ball) and massage those spots using a wall or the floor. You can even use a tennis ball to massage the tension out of your feet (it works wonders for me!) It will help relieve some stress after a long day of festivities and get you ready for a deep, peaceful sleep.
When things start getting busy, set aside some time to take some “breathing breaks.” Breathing deeply and evenly from your diaphragm (don’t heave your shoulders up and down!) will help to calm your nerves. Getting extra oxygen into your blood will help you regain your calm and refocus. Take a washroom break or go someplace private where you can do some breathing without being disturbed. Focus on your breathing and focus on yourself. Try and have a wonderful time with your family and friends, but don't be afraid to take a quick break from the holidays if you need one!