Managing Stress During the Holidays

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Dec

Managing Stress During the Holidays

The holidays are finally here. We spend November planning home decorations, preparing upcoming family meals, and compiling lists of gifts for loved ones. Now in December comes the family gatherings, large meals, office parties, gift swaps, and much more.  Stressed already?  You are not alone. Festive feelings often turn into a nightmares of high expectations. It’s important to slow down and de-stress during the holidays so you don’t turn into a Grinch.

Make Time for Yourself

You can’t take care of everyone else if you don’t take care of yourself first. This time of year, you’re surrounded by friends, family, and out-of-town guests, but you also need your alone time to unwind. Curl up on the couch with a latte and watch a favorite holiday movie. Or sit in your favorite chair and read that book that’s been sitting on your nightstand all year. Whatever it is, just make sure you’re doing something you want to do, not something you feel required to do.

Give Yourself a Gift

If you’re waiting for someone to read your mind about what gift you want, you could be waiting a long time. Maybe you’ve been wanting that new fitness tracker, or you’ve been meaning to schedule a massage. This is a great time to give that to yourself guilt-free. Simply add it to your shopping list and enjoy your time at the mall hunting for it. You totally deserve it.

Healthy Eating

Too many cookies and candies will make you feel sluggish. This time of year, you need all the energy you can get. Make sure to have plenty of healthy offerings for your family gathering. If attending an office potluck, bring your own fruit or vegetable tray so you’ll know there will be something healthy to eat at the event. Also, it’s a good idea to keep a snack tray in your fridge filled with healthy snacks. When you’re tempted to splurge on something with way too many calories or sugar, there will be an inviting healthy option at your fingertips. Don’t deprive yourself. Just make sure you have something healthy to balance it out.  Our Whole 9 Yards program can help you set up your eating goals and help keep you on track during the holidays!  Learn more about our program here!

Make Time for Exercise

You already know the benefits of exercise, but it’s easy to make excuses during the holiday season. If preparing for a family gathering tires you out, that’s all the more reason to work out. Just twenty minutes could leave you invigorated for the rest of the day. Better yet head over to The Fit Yard for Ride & Stride, Flex & Roll or Lift & Blast for a 55 minute sweat session.  Schedule your workout sessions ahead of time using The Fit Yard App or on our website, this helps make your classes part of your daily schedule and regimen.

Pray or Meditate

During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to forget what you’re celebrating. No matter your religion, take time to sit still and reflect on why you celebrate. You’ve made it to the end of another year. What are you thankful for? Count the ways you and your family have been blessed this year. What do you look forward to next year?

Remember to Laugh and Have Fun

Sometimes the holidays are stressful. Sometimes they’re solemn. Remember to make time to laugh. Watch a holiday comedy classic or just sit and watch your children as they experience the holidays from a child’s eye view. A good belly laugh goes a long way to de-stressing and relieving the season’s anxieties. Sit still and enjoy.

If you don’t take care of yourself, it’s hard to take care of others who depend on you. There are many ways to slow down and relax during the holidays.

Remember to make time for yourself, count your blessings, stay healthy, laugh, and have fun.

These are the reasons for the season.