‘Tis the season... to get stressed out! Before you settle for this statement, take a moment to realize that this doesn’t have to be true. There are certain things you can do to help keep stress-free and happy during this holiday season. These five steps could be the best gift you give yourself all year!
Instead of stressing out, try sweating it out! If you start to feel your thoughts spinning out of control, sometimes all you need is to get outside, go for a run, or maybe head over to your yoga studio to release some of that built up tension and clear your thoughts. When your blood is flowing, your thoughts start flowing. This can be a great time to get out of the house to do some brainstorming, and organize your mental agenda. Bonus — sometimes it becomes easier to think when you’re removed from the situation.
Don’t hesitate to delegate
Often we tend to take on more projects and commitments than we can handle. This is when stress starts to settle in, we begin to feel overwhelmed and are tempted to just throw in the towel. We’ve all been there before, and chances are, if you were to reach out to a friend or a family member to help out with your workload, they would be more than happy to lend a helping hand. Working on a task together can even change the whole feel of the project. You can share ideas, share a laugh — and share the responsibilities. Don’t feel guilty for reaching out. Remember, even superheroes have a sidekick.
Take some “me” time
Take a bath, meditate, have some retail therapy — do whatever it is that relaxes you. You’re no good to anyone when you’re not happy and taken care of. Not only will you function better, but you will be able to get your tasks done with ease, feeling calm, cool, and collected. At first this may seem unrealistic in our busy world. Add taking care of yourself to your job description and schedule me time into your agenda, just like that meeting you booked on Wednesday. Treating yourself with the gift of a little pampering goes a long way.
Don’t sweat the small stuff
…and it’s all small stuff! Sometimes you need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. When you look at the bigger picture you can pick out what is really important and start to prioritize. It’s easy to stress about deadlines, but if you’re organized and follow a schedule, you’ll be just fine. Remember that a little positivity goes a long way when it comes to stress. Don’t forget that you have an impact on the people around you — if they see that you feel confident, they will feel confident in you!
The last thing you want to be stressed out about is your diet. Rather than relying on stimulants (like coffee) to give you that drive to make it through your day, turn to nutrition. Remember to nourish your body through these added times of stress. Support your body with whole plant-based foods that are naturally rich in vitamins and minerals. These whole foods can help keep you feeling grounded and feeling nourished. One of my favorite ways to start my day is with a hearty breakfast to give me the energy I need to get motivated and energized for what’s to come.
Make a goal to not let your stresses get the best of you this season. Whether you’re shopping for the perfect gift, trying to meet a deadline or juggling hectic family functions, you’re well armed with the tools to remain calm, cool, and collected.