8 Ways to Combat the Holiday Crazy!
The holiday season is upon us and that means an added stress to everyday life and work. In order to combat and lower the risk of going on a rampage of Christmas Crazy, here are some great tips and tricks to help you relax and genuinely enjoy the season.
- Review the positives of your work and/or home environment over the past year. Do you have an environment conducive to your style? Are there people in your life that you absolutely despise? It’s always a good idea to review your life to know if you are truly happy.
Americans on average spend approximately 35-40 hours each week at work with the added time of sleeping and eating equals approximately 100 hours out of 168 hours per week. That means you only have about 68 hours, or 9 hours a day, that you have all that extra stuff to do like laundry, going to the grocery store, digging a hole for that family relative you’ve been hiding in the basement freezer. It’s no wonder you feel stressed out.
If you don’t have enough positives in your work environment, maybe it’s time to make a change. Consider chatting with people you actually like more, get a massage once a week, or maybe it’s time to move.
- Drink lots of water. Not only will you stay hydrated but it has been proven to help relieve stress. Also did you know it helps you from getting old?!?! I know crazy right the more water you drink the less you will have to use that expensive anti-wrinkle cream.
- Have some fun. Have a friendly competition and laugh out loud. Friendly competition helps us to remember that it’s ok to let go. Being able to let go allows us to be more positive and productive. It has been proven that laughter decreases stress and increases immune cells, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins which promotes an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. Which means if you can manage to do both of these you will not only be more productive but also fight off that winter cold that always seems pop up and stick around. Ah who am I kidding it’s to WIN and ultimately destroy your opponents hope and dreams!!! *maniacal laugh*
- Keep realistic goals. Don’t over do anything. Life is all about how lazy you can be. From shopping to working. Having too much on your plate just increases your level of stress. So take it easy. Make sure to organize your time and focus on the small parts of a bigger picture. Completing small tasks, like that Sudoku you been working on for weeks, makes you feel more accomplished than tackling one big project, like trying to fold a fitted sheet. Organize and prioritize your time. Think about which projects can be put off until after the holidays or when you have a little spare time.
- Top of the hour de-stress. Set an alarm for the top of the hour and either take 3 deep breaths or get up and stretch. Take a moment to recompose yourself. Let go of the angry little voices inside your head and take 3 deep breaths to allow a rush of oxygen to the brain. Trust me it’s better than overdosing on Tylenol. Stretching or light exercise relaxes the body also reenergizing you. Plus you might be able to keep all that holiday snacking weight gain to a minimum.
- Keep an open mind. Always make sure to respond with kindness and compassion. It’s important to remember that you are not the only one dealing with holiday stress and that everyone’s stress is not on the same level. Some people go nuts…. If you can’t think of anything positive to say then don’t say it. If you do say it just make sure you have your phone out ready to record any craziness that happens for later. No one needs the added stress of an unnecessary argument but sometimes it makes great blackmail for later.
- Make time for you. It’s important that amidst all the hustle and bustle to take some alone time. Take about 30 minutes to an hour to read, doodle, or take a relaxing bath/shower before heading back out into the crowds of holiday parties and shopping. You’ll be more relaxed and therefore enjoy any holiday festivities more.
And yes Frozen was absolutely necessary in this situation.
- Change your work schedule. Changing up your usual routine has been proven to stimulate the brain. Even if it’s coming into work an hour later than usual or maybe eating dinner a little earlier. Making one small change can make all the difference.
This concludes our Holiday De-stress Tips and Tricks. Now go out and share it with your friends and family.
But make sure your expectations aren’t too high.