According to a survey conducted by Healthline, 60-65 percent of respondents admitted to feeling stressed over the holidays. Stress can lead to many other health issues, therefore, to beat stress and stay healthy, it’s important to do the following key things during the holidays:
1. Keep Your Workouts Going
While it might be tempting to skip your workouts because you feel you simply don’t have the time between work, family and holiday planning, it’s now more important than ever to keep them going so you can burn off holiday stress and keep your energy levels up during such a busy time of year. Make time to work out at least three times a week and remember to include cardio, strength and flexibility work.
2. Let Go of Perfection
Perfection is unachievable and no one is expecting it from you. So why place that kind of pressure on yourself? Try your best to make the holidays special for your family, friends, co-workers and others, but let go of trying to make things perfect this holiday season.
3. Donate Time or Money to Charity
The holidays are a wonderful time of year to invest your time and money into charities and helping others in need. It will feed your soul to be thoughtful, giving and generous towards others who need it most and will also set a positive and lifelong example for others to do the same.
4. Capture Special Holiday Moments
The holidays are all about creating memories with family, friends and colleagues. Therefore, capture these special moments by taking pictures and videos so you’ll be able to cherish these memories forever. However, find the right balance of being present and in the moment with loved ones vs. spending all of your time getting the perfect shots.
5. Set Expectations with Family
Juggling holiday plans and get-togethers with multiple sides of the family can be really stressful and hard to manage. The best thing you can do to minimize the stress is to set clear expectations with everyone of what you can and can’t commit to and why. It will save you and everyone else a lot of misunderstandings, confusion or hurt feelings.
6. Relax if Things Don’t Go According to Plan
The holidays are a glorious time of year, but also can be really hectic. Things often don’t go according to plan, so you’re better off accepting and being prepared for that. You’ll be a lot less stressed if you have buffers built into your holiday plans.
7. Be Mindful of Your Nutrition Goals at Holiday Parties
Professional and personal holiday parties are fun, but can also cause you to eat large amounts of unhealthy foods and possibly gain weight, especially if you have multiple parties to attend. Try to balance your plate with protein, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, and avoid second helpings. Enjoy dessert, but eat it in moderation. You’ll be glad you did when the New Year arrives.
8. Prioritize Your Meditation Practice
Just like with workouts, meditation practices or other forms of mindfulness are often one of the first things to go out the window when you get busy this time of year. However, sticking to them will help you keep your sanity and handle holiday stress in a much more calm and centered way. So be sure to prioritize practicing meditation or mindfulness….it will be so worth it.
9. Keep Your Family Holiday Schedule in Balance
Learn to say no so your family’s holiday schedule will be in balance and won’t consist of too many holiday get-togethers and plans. Prioritize the ones that mean the most to all of you and skip the rest. You’ll all be more rested and less cranky.
10. Remember What the Holidays Are All About
All of those holiday to-do’s can easily get in the way of what the holidays are really all about. Focus on bringing joy to others, spending time with your loved ones and creating memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. That’s what the holidays are truly all about.