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Self-Care, Tips & Tricks
November 7, 2022
The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year but it can also be the most stressful. From buying gifts and attending parties to making every meal award-worthy, it’s no wonder many of us feel like we’re barely surviving through them.
Fortunately, there are some tips and strategies that can help you navigate common holiday stressors and help you take care of your health. Here are a few:
1. Don’t try to do it all
One of the biggest mistakes people make during the holidays is trying to do too much. They feel obligated to attend every party, buy the perfect gifts for everyone on their list, and cook a huge holiday feast. But all of that is too much!
If you don’t have time to bake cookies or attend that holiday party, don’t beat yourself up about it. Just focus on what you can realistically accomplish and let the rest go.
2. Set limits with family and friends
Family dynamics can be tough, especially during the holidays. If you have difficult family members or friends you don’t enjoy being around, set limits on how much time you spend with them. You don’t have to attend every family function or party you’re invited to. Just politely decline and spend your time with people who make you happy.
3. Make time for yourself
The holidays can be so hectic that we often don’t have time for ourselves. However, it’s important to make time for yourself, even if it’s just a few minutes each day. Take some time to relax and do something you enjoy, whether reading, taking a bath, or going for a walk. Just a few minutes of quiet can help you recharge and face the rest of the holiday craziness.
4. Don’t compare yourself to others
It’s easy to get caught up in the comparison game during the holidays. You might compare your holiday preparations (or lack thereof) to your neighbor’s or wonder why your family isn’t as picture-perfect as the ones you see on TV. But it’s important to remember that everyone celebrates the holidays differently and that there is no “right” way to do it. So instead of comparing yourself to others, focus on what works for you and your family.
5. Cut yourself some slack
The holidays are a busy time of year, and it’s easy to get wrapped up in everything that needs to be done. But it’s important to remember that things don’t have to be perfect. Your house doesn’t have to be spotless. Your meal doesn’t have to be award-worthy. The important thing is that you’re spending time with your loved ones and making memories. Cut yourself some slack and enjoy the holiday season.
The holidays can be hectic, and it can be challenging to keep up with everything. However, it’s important to remember they don’t have to be perfect to be enjoyable.
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