The holidays are the best time of the year, but also the most stressful time of the year. The American Psychological Association reports that 38% of people’s stress levels increase during the holidays; top stressors include lack of time, family get-togethers, and traveling. While we can’t change your stressors, here’s a few ways you can de-stress during the holiday season.
1. Let Go of Holiday Perfectionism
Are you the type of person who fiddles with every detail in order for things to be perfect? Holiday perfectionism is real, and when things go awry, the stress and pressure of holiday perfectionism can really get to you. Instead of feeling disappointed or irritated, calm down and embrace imperfection instead. Practice coping with ‘good enough’ and ‘done’ instead of ‘perfect’ in small increments, until you learn to fully lean into it.
2. Don’t Lose Sight of What Matters
Frustrated with long lines are the grocery store, juggling Friendsgiving invitations, and picking the perfect outfit to wear to get-togethers? Don’t sweat the small stuff. Remember that the holidays are about spending time with loved ones– they won’t care if you don’t bring the perfect food contribution or your hair is in a messy bun the day of the event. They just care that you’re there.
3. Don’t Do Too Much
Stress stems from being overwhelmed, and when you’re planning a Thanksgiving dinner with plenty of guests, preparation can be stressful. Take a few shortcuts, from recruiting help from your sister, friend, or spouse, to take on a few tasks like pre-ordering a few dishes to save on time. Also, if you’re low on energy, try our new supplement, Ignite, to ignite your spark and boost your metabolism.
4. Make Space While Embracing Togetherness
If you need a break from the holiday pressures and chaos, take the time for yourself, and don’t feel guilty about it. Whether it’s making a cup of cocoa and reading a book by the fireplace, or simply drawing a bath with candles, you deserve to carve out ‘me’ time during this hectic time for peace and calamity’s sake.
5. Put Kindness First
It’s the season to be more compassionate towards others. You may be challenged with confronting disgruntled individuals, whether you are out at the grocery store or at an event. Remember to treat others with kindness, and give people the benefit of the doubt. Spread kindness by volunteering your time or donating supplies to a local shelter. These acts of kindness will lift your spirits up in no time.
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