It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And, often, the most stressful, too. With gifts to purchase, cookies to bake, traditions to keep alive, and schedules to coordinate, it’s all too easy to get overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the season. But don’t let excess stress ruin your holiday spirit. Check out these 11 tips to help you destress, slow down a bit, and truly savor all the holiday season has to offer.
11 Tips to Destress During The Holidays
Choose Quality Over Quantity
With so many fun holiday traditions and activities to choose from, things can go from memory-creating to stress-inducing pretty quickly. Rather than feel like you have to do it all, choose the traditions and activities that are most important to you. Prioritize those first and let go of the rest.
Practice Saying “No”
Choosing quality over quantity means there will come a point where you’ll have to say no. Because this can be difficult in the moment, it’s helpful to plan what you’ll say in advance. Practice in your head how you’ll kindly but firmly decline the things that aren’t a priority so it will be easier to respond when the time comes.
Get Some Sunlight
Between shorter daylight hours and more time spent indoors, it’s easy to go days without spending any real time outside. Even though it may be cold and gloomy where you live, getting some fresh air and sunshine (even through clouds) has been shown to help combat excessive stress. So get bundled up and spend some time in nature.
Enjoy Nourishing Foods
Delicious food is synonymous with the holiday season and it’s important to feed your body well during stressful times. Focus on nutrient-dense foods that provide the proper fuel and nourishment your body needs to keep up with the demands of the holidays.
Turn Up The Tunes
That feeling of joy you get while listening to your favorite holiday music? Turns out it can actually help relax blood vessels and increase blood flow, promoting a calm sensation. So next time you’re feeling a bit anxious, turn up your favorite holiday jams.
Diffuse Essential Oils
Essential oils like citrus, lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus not only smell amazing, but have been shown to boost feelings of well-being, too. Have fun mixing some of your favorite essential oils and create your own little aromatherapy oasis.
Stick To A Budget
It’s easy to get carried away while shopping for the holidays. But with overspending comes over-stressing. By setting a budget and sticking to it, you can enjoy the fun of buying gifts without worrying about the damage done to your wallet come January.
Expectations are high this time of year and it’s easy to put a lot of pressure on yourself to make sure everything is “perfect”. But the truth is, there’s no such thing as perfect. Remind yourself that little “imperfections” can’t ruin the holiday, let them pass, and get back to enjoying the present.
Put Down Your Phone
The near-constant buzzing of cell phone alerts activates your body’s stress response and keeps you from being fully present in the moment. The holidays are the perfect excuse to designate phone-free activities so you can tap into the holiday spirit and connect with those around you.
Stick To Your Self-Care Rituals
With all the running around, it’s easy to let your self-care rituals slip. But taking time for regular self-care can make a huge difference in your ability to manage stress. Whether it’s your yoga practice or your evening routine, be sure to set aside time regularly for yourself.
Sip Golden Superfood Bliss
Whether it’s part of a self-care ritual or just enjoyed while watching your favorite holiday movie, the powerful ingredients in Golden Superfood Bliss can help balance stress, soothe occasional anxiety, support sleep, and boost your immune system. It’s the perfect delicious complement to your holiday season. *
Slowing down to enjoy the small things is what this time of year is all about. So mix up a warm mug of Golden Superfood Bliss, snuggle under a blanket, and savor the season.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.