Surviving The Holiday Season Stressors
Time with loved ones, delicious home-cooked meals and plenty of seasonal shopping… Thanksgiving officially marks the start of the holiday season. But no matter how much you love your Turkey Day festivities, this time of year can leave us all feeling a little stressed.
So how can you beat those seasonal stressors tomorrow? Here are our top three tips for maintaining a healthy mood this Thanksgiving:
- Have a plan that's also flexible. Whether it's a family dinner or Black Friday shopping, this time of year is full of activity. Even a basic game plan can help you maintain direction when things start to get hectic. Write out your meal preparation steps in a numbered list before you start Thanksgiving dinner, or jot down the must-buy items on your holiday shopping list before hitting the stores for Black Friday. While every holiday season comes with twists and turns, a flexible plan can help you maintain your balance.
- Maintain your workout and sleep schedules – at all costs. Holiday travel and family visits can make it hard to uphold your normal routine. But sleep and exercise are two of the most important things your body needs while under pressure. Challenge yourself to get at least seven hours of sleep each night and hit the gym in anticipation for your turkey coma.
- Remember the reason for the season. Sometimes, perspective changes everything. Don't let holiday stress make you forget the real meaning behind the holiday. Make a list of the things you are thankful for this year. Remind family and friends just how happy you are to spend time with them despite the busy day. Making a conscious effort to change your mood can work wonders.
Wishing our readers a very happy and stress-free holiday season!