As someone who suffers from chronic anxiety, holiday stress is a real thing for me. And I bet for most of you too. Furthermore, if you live in a place with cold weather, you have to deal with seasonal depression too!
That’s why I wanted to give you 10 ways to deal with holiday stress, to try and help someone out in this stressful time of year.
Please don’t get me wrong. For me, this is actually my favorite season of all! But that’s not the case for everyone. This season is a tricky one. Because everything is supposed to be about family and happiness, and gifts and having a good cozy time with your loved ones. And that’s not the case for everyone! Not all of us are blessed enough to spend this time of the year with our family. Me for example, I’m fortunate enough to HAVE a family but they are 8,389 km away from me. And at the same time, I’m fortunate enough to have an amazing in-law family that I get to spend with instead! So I’m not alone.
But I wanted to write this for those of you who are. Or whatever reason it is that brings you holiday stress. I really hope I can help you out even if its just a little bit.
10 WAYS TO DEAL WITH HOLIDAY STRESS
ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR FEELINGS
This is a psychological fact. You have to acknowledge your feelings if you want to tackle them.
GET AS MUCH SUNLIGHT AS POSSIBLE
It’s no secret that the sun is one of our best medicines during the cooler months. It stimulates the production of serotonin (the feel-good neurotransmitter). So get out of your house, walk your dogs. If it’s too cold or snowy or whatever, get near a window! Just get your daily dose of sun!
TAKE A BREAK
Dis-co-nnect! Don’t over schedule! Recognize when you have had enough and walk away with dignity towards a good mental health!
“Researchers studying depression have found that certain citrus fragrances boost feelings of well-being and alleviate stress by upping levels of norepinephrine, a hormone that affects mood.” – Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
Get that booty moving! Go out for a walk! You have no idea how therapeutic walking can be! Have sex! Go to the gym even if it’s the last thing you want to do. It’s proven that exercise can boost your mood for many hours because it produces many happy hormones and reduces anxiety. Which makes you sleep better!
SLEEP MORE AND BETTER
Go tech-free at night. Let your brain disconnect from what’s going on online. Go to bed earlier and have a good night sleep! If you need extra help, take some melatonin to help you out!
What I mean by this is that not because it’s a holiday you need to change your routine to fit all holiday-related stuff. Stick to your normal routine, and prioritize! Change it and adapt it however you consider! You know you best! And you know how much you can handle.
GET OUT OF THE HOUSE
This is so important! For me, it’s actually very important the entire year. I’m a Netflix and chill kinda gal, and I love to be at home. But it comes a time that I feel my walls are getting closer and my space smaller. And I get a feeling of suffocation. So to avoid that horrible feeling, I try to do random stuff outside constantly. From normal things like walking my dog and running errands. To creating plans out of nowhere just to have an excuse to get out.
PLAN A REAL VACATION
Taking a few days completely off work will reduce your stress levels. But it will work even better if you plan a real vacation because it will change your entire scenario. And you’ll be more distracted because you are not seeing the same things and places as always.
REACH OUT AND TALK TO YOUR LOVED ONES
Seek help if you need it! Reach out and talk to your loved ones! And if it’s really necessary, seek professional help too!
I really hope you find this post helpful and I would love to know if you have any tips of your own! Please leave them in the comments below so we can all help each other out!