by Bree Maloney
It’s that time of year – shopping, presents, parties, family, friends, the list goes on. What goes on the top, bottom and in between that list is stress. The holidays are known to be the “most wonderful time of the year,” but it can also be the most stressful. Going through your Instagram feed can make you feel like everyone is all perfectly put together and enjoying the winter season. Though the reality is – everything isn’t going to be warm hot chocolate and mistletoe. How I see it, Christmas doesn’t have to be perfect to be good. It’s not a movie, it’s simply – real life.
So, the real question is, how can you both manage and prevent the onset of holiday stress? Here are some easy ways that I’ve learned that have helped me:
er, but round two of Christmas is just around the corner. Remember to pace yourself, try your best not to go for seconds and go easy on the booze. Yes, we need to enjoy the holidays, but don’t go too overboard. Remember to exercise. Walking, light jogging, biking or take a workout class with a friend are all great options. Those endorphins go a long way!
Remember there’s no remedy to have no stress over the holidays. Knowing that you’re going to be stressed no matter what is half the battle. Take these simple steps to help ease both your mind and body. What’s the best gift you could give to yourself? Being present (pun intended). Live in the moment and catch yourself if you begin to think about past holiday problems or a photo you saw on your feed. Learn to cultivate appreciation of your family and friends that are in your life now. Have a great holiday season!
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