As the holidays quickly approach, many people start to feel
anxious or overwhelmed by the season, and for good reason. There are places to go, people to see, things to do, and so on - as the expectations can sometimes feel endless. Do you tend to feel “stressed-out” this time of year? We hear the term used frequently, but what does it mean? The Merriman-Webster dictionary defines the term “stressed-out” as; “suffering from high levels of physical or especially psychological stress.” Typically stressors come from aggravated levels of obligations, pressures or
Here are some simple tips for easing that stressed-out feeling:
1.Be realistic of what this time of year brings and try to mentally prepare yourself in advance. Think of ways you could lessen the anxiety raising situations, and have a plan in place to avert or compromise
2. Find time for yourself. Call a friend or someone that you enjoy spending time with and meet for coffee, or a “stress date” to unwind.
3. Fit in exercise. No matter where your holidays take you, try to fit in a daily walk if other forms
of exercise are unavailable to you. Walking is a great form of exercise, and a
perfect outlet for gathering your thoughts and enjoying time to yourself.
4. Maintain a routine. Try to plan several constructive activities for each day and take pleasure in your accomplishments.
5. Make Lists. Whether your commitments involve baking, shopping, traveling or doing; a list will help
you to prioritize. Sometimes you just have to let go of a few things or delegate them away.
6. Rest. Get adequate sleep each night, which will help to rejuvenate and recharge your energy.
7. Each day brings new possibilities - stay positive and try to enjoy each one!