This is the time of year where the days are shorter and biologically we are meant to slow down and look within. Instead, the months of November and December can be our busiest months that put a lot of stress and pressure on us. Here are some tips on how you can better manage the stress and anxiety that can come with the holiday season:
1) GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO SLOW DOWN
It seems like there are a million things to do, but do they really all absolutely need to be done in the next month or two? It’s time to prioritize what actually needs to be done and save the rest for another day when you have more energy.
2) ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN SELF-CARE
Now is the time to really focus on self-care so that you can have the energy to get done what needs to be done. Self-care takes many forms, and is so unique to each individual. A good place to start is making sure you’re eating healthy, getting some amount of movement, a good night’s sleep, and some “you” time to decompress, relax, and reset. How can you give to others if you don’t care for yourself first?
3) SET CLEAR BOUNDARIES
I tell all of my clients that when you are saying no to something, you are saying yes to something else! Being clear about what you are willing to do or not to do is important to protect your energy and time. This goes for work, family, and social obligations!
4) GET CLEAR ON WHAT YOU VALUE
Do you want to send out holiday cards because you think you “should,” or is it something that you actually want to do? Do you really want to go to that 3rd holiday party, or could your time be better spent doing something else or resting? This is a good time to sit down and think about what YOU want out of this holiday season and figure out what’s important so that you know what you are saying yes to.
5) SEEK SUPPORT
This is a tough time of year not only because we tend to get more tired and seek rest, but also because the holidays can bring up a lot of grief. Being with family can also trigger old childhood wounds. Humans are wired for connection, so seek out a trusted friend or therapist to discuss your concerns and come up with a supportive game plan so that you are prepared to care for yourself.
If you’re needing support around relationships in your life-whether that be with yourself or others-feel free to set up a free consultation to see if I’d be able to help.
Hope you have a holiday season filled with joy and ease!