With the holidays in full swing, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle of day-to-day activities. There may not be enough hours in the day to get everything done let alone have some downtime just for yourself. Before you stress yourself out completely this holiday season, you need to stop and think why you’re doing it in the first place.
Beat holiday stress by doing the following:
- Take good care of your health. Listen to your body’s cues. If something feels wrong, contact your gynecologist and family physician right away. Do not wait because you “don’t have the time.” It could potentially cause a problem to worsen if not treated.
- Give yourself time to rest. That’s right. You’ve got to give up the idea of being busy for the sake of your health. Sure, you have a lot to do, but if you’re ill, you won’t get it done. Take the time to rest whenever the need arises. You’ll feel better and be able to accomplish more.
- Develop an attitude of gratitude. Think about all of the things you have to be grateful for. Chances are, your list is long. Whenever you get out of bed each morning, list or name five things that make you feel glad to be alive. This helps start the day off on the right foot and can help you focus on what’s important when things get hectic and stressful.
- Write things down. It helps to stay organized. If you’re not the type of person to use a planner to write down activities, schedule them in your phone. Set up reminder alerts so that you’re constantly aware of what needs to be done at any given time.
- Learn to say no. If you can’t squeeze another thing into your schedule, don’t be afraid to graciously decline an offer. Saying “no” is not rude. It’s self-preservation at its finest. You’ll need to guard what time you do have free for self-care. If you don’t, you could end up getting sick from running yourself ragged. You’re going to get a lot of invitations during the holidays. Choose the ones you feel best about and politely decline the rest.