Someone once said, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” It is for many, but it also can be the most stressful time of the year. With holiday parties, hosting family, being in charge of meals, shopping, wrapping gifts, etc, there can be a lot on your plate. Thing is, it’s not replaced by anything you do on a daily basis. These tasks are compounded stresses atop normal daily activities. If you feel like screaming your head off and trying to find a way to de-stress, here are some simple tips to follow that can take the edge off of the emotional stress and literally help to back away from the edge of the cliff….
Drink Lots of Water
Most illnesses begin with dehydration. Headaches, cramps, muscles spasms and many more stress triggers all have the possibility to be avoided by hydrating yourself. Hydration is key to wellness and is, in fact, one of the most important factors of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. A few ways to stay hydrated is:
- Take your water with you wherever you go in a water bottle or travel mug.
- Schedule your drinking times on your calendar as reminders to take a sip.
- Sip on water throughout the day instead of chugging a lug to catch up on the water you missed during the day.
- Eat lots of fruits and veggies that have very high water content.
These are just a few short tips that are easy to remember and are sure to keep you hydrated for wellness.
Get Adequate Sleep
Some say that 6-8 hours is best. I say do what your body needs. Some days it may be 8 hours and some it may be 4 hours with intermittent naps in between. Get in the habit of listening to your body and giving her exactly what she needs. There is no need to follow a standard because it only adds more stress if you’re unable to meet the recommendations. The standard may not be for your body.
Do Something Unique
This is the time of tradition. We probably purchase or pull out the same tree, same decorations, see the same people, etc. Try something new. Perhaps, this holiday season you’ll find a restaurant open and eat there as opposed to cooking. Maybe take a short trip to a place you’ve never gone before. Or, add a vegan dish to the dinner menu that would spark a great conversation and move everyone else in the direction of trying something new. Traditions are great, but when we can be creative and implement new ideas in snackable chunks as opposed to removing the tradition all together, it opens up to many new possibilities and makes everyone happy. Can you say, win-win?
Have you ever hiked during the holiday season. Maybe find an ice skating rink near you…grab the little ones and get in some fun before dinner. A brisk walk around the neighborhood can boost vitality and clarity.
Find out what outdoor activities are near you and try getting some fresh air for a change.
We are sometimes so engulfed in the trenches of gifting to others that we forget to gift to ourselves. Find out what you want, purchase it, wrap it and put it under the tree. It doesn’t matter that you know what it is. The idea is to treat yourself with as much love, care and respect as you do others. You’ll be so glad that you did.
If the holiday season is far more stressful for you and these easy tips may not do the trick, seek some professional help. Holiday times stir up lots of emotions and can be a very depressing time of the year. Love yourself through these times and by all means take great care of yourself.
Team Providence Women’s Healthcare