Many will say that it is the most wonderful time of the year, however I’d like to argue that it is the most stressful. For me, this holiday is stressful simply because it’s the first that I will spend without my mom. However, like with all stresses, you can manage it. Here are some ways to manage some of that yuletide stress:
- Don’t Feel Obligated:
With the holidays, there is always an influx of invitations and family gatherings. It’s even worse when you’re in a relationship when you have to include everyone. However, you don’t have to do everything. Sure, it’s important to see Grandma. Sure, it’s important to go to your mom’s and spend time with your boyfriend’s family. After all, the best part about the holidays is the family memories.
That said, make sure that you do what’s best for you without going overboard. Spilt the days up, and then go accordingly. While you want to be fair to everyone, you do want to be fair to yourself. Don’t over schedule yourself, and make sure you schedule time for self care.
- Make Sure You Get Enough Sleep:
With all of the holiday parties, chances are you don’t get enough sleep. Make sure you put eight hours in of sleep, because sleep is important.
- Work Out:
One of the first things that I did during Thanksgiving? Workout. Working out is something that always puts me in a good mood. Therefore, make sure that you’re sticking to your regular exercise routine. Not only is it good for your body, it’s good for your mind.
- Give Yourself Permission To Grieve:
This pertains to those who are grieving. The holidays are the worst when it comes to grieving, because it’s an even bigger reminder that your loved one isn’t there. Therefore, if you’re grieving, give yourself permission to. This may also mean that you need to do something different. And, that’s okay. Give yourself the time and the space to grieve. Trust me, it’s okay.
- Check in With Yourself:
Every now and then, check in with yourself to see what you need. Do you need water? Drink. Do you need to stay home because you’re tired? Go ahead and do so. Put yourself first, and trust me, you’ll be okay.