Happy Monday!! I cannot believe Thanksgiving is this Thursday! This year is seriously flying by. The end of November and December are always crazy busy. Holiday parties, family gatherings, travel, events, tends to make the last days of the year fly by. With everything going on, it’s so easy to get stressed and burned out. This season, I plan to “try” to relax, go offline, and enjoy the Holiday Season!
1.) Know when to say ‘no’
This is something that I have been teaching myself to do all year long. It’s okay to say no and please do not feel bad about it. During this time of the year, it’s easy to stretch yourself too thin. There will always be another party, dinner, or event to go to. You can only do so much being ONE person, prioritize and figure out what’s important — whether that be with work, errands, etc.
2.) Plan Early
This is one of the best ways to avoid holiday stress. This means doing your gift shopping, grocery shopping (if you’re hosting, having friends/family in town), to do lists and more.
3.) Stick to your Daily Routines
During the holidays, we tend to use the “holiday season” as an excuse to go against your daily routines. Take the time to continue to eat healthy, go to the gym, enjoy your cup of coffee in the morning.
4.) Follow a Budget
This is so important!!! It is so easy to over spend during this time of the year. Following a budget also goes hand in hand with planning early. I have noticed in the past if I wait until the last minute, I tend to overspend and my bank account is not happy.
5.) Take time for yourself
Self care is the best care! Always remember that. Take a few minutes out of your day to just sit down!!! Indulge in your favorite reality tv show, eat the chocolate, take a bath, etc. What ever you feel like is the best for you, do it!
Also, remember that the holiday season can be a very stressful and depressing moment for some. Especially if this time of the year has taken a toll on you in the past. Be nice to each other, take care of each other and have fun!!