It’s that most stressful time of the year again. Between visitors and parties, there’s hardly any time to take care of yourself. But this is exactly the same time we want to practice good self-care, so that we can make the most of our time together with friends and family.
We’ve put together a handy three-step plan to combat stress and corral your nerves, and we’d love to hear from you as well. Tell us about some of the ways that you manage your holidays in the comments below.
1. Stick with parts of your regular routine.
When it’s the holidays, nothing is normal. This can feel really exciting—someone new visiting every day! A different holiday gathering every evening!—but it can also be incredibly draining. Maintaining some semblance of your everyday routine can take a lot of the edge off. Whether that’s something like your daily meditation practice or eating your lunch at the same time you normally do or reading before bedtime, a routine act can help your brain to turn off and your body to recall that everything will be okay.
2. Retain your gratitude
You know that thing that all the self-help gurus advocate? The gratitude journal, where you write down three things you’re grateful for every night, or every morning? Yeah. Do that. Keep on doing it. Because it’s so easy to lose track of what’s great when you’re surrounded by holiday noise. For real.
3. Say yes to everything you want to say yes to.
Oh, we know. Everyone’s going to be like, “Learn to say no,” and “You don’t have to be at every party,” but let’s be realistic. FOMO is real. So say yes to every gathering, if you feel like it. Say yes to that extra piece of holiday bling. Say yes to your friends and family who want to drop in for the afternoon.
Likewise, though, say yes to staying home if you want to. Say yes to holing up with “Bridget Jones’s Diary” or “Mean Girls” or “Heathers” yet again, with just a cup of tea to keep you company.
So long as you can manage parts of your regular routine and remember what you’re grateful for, we think you’ll feel good about saying yes to a packed holiday season and still manage to Be Fully You.