The countdown to Christmas is in full swing. Stressing about the holidays is very common. We have flights to book, gifts to buy, and meals to cook. Stress shouldn’t be clouding all the fun festivities that make the holidays special. Take a deep breath and follow these simple steps to avoid a holiday meltdown.
Lower Your Expectations
Having high expectations for the holidays will often leave you to feeling let down. We can’t expect people to be mind readers. Instead of hoping you’ll get the gift of your dreams, sit down and contemplate if it’s realistic. Make an Amazon Christmas wish list and share it with all your friends and family. The more you communicate, the less sad you will be if your expectations aren’t met. If you have decided to take on the task of hosting Christmas dinner or throwing a holiday party, lower your expectations as well. Instead of letting your perfectionist ways try to control everything, accept what is realistic over ideal. Don’t have high expectations if you know you can’t fulfill them. Preparing for a big event causes stress unless you reach out and ask for help.
You will definitely have a holiday meltdown if you try to pack too much in a short amount of time. It can be hard to not feel stress when you have an office parties, family functions, and gifts to buy. Writing down obligations makes you feel pressured to follow through. Don’t spend the holidays completing tasks that drain you. Instead, prioritize what is most important to you. Make a list of things that you want to do verses have to do. Highlight the necessary things and say no to the rest.This also frees up time to spend on festive activities you actually enjoy, like ice skating or drinking hot cocoa.
Prioritize Your Health
The holidays are known to add inches to your waistline. It can be easy to make excuses when you are wearing layers to cover up in the cold winter months. Having a busy holiday schedule combined with stress will easily make you gain weight. Let’s not forget the plethora of Christmas cookies and sugary, seasonal drinks that tempt us. Avoid having a meltdown by sticking to your eating and exercising habits. Exercise is proven to release endorphins that reduces stress and improves sleep. Decline invites so that you can make it a priority to fit in that workout. Maintain strong will power in the office by avoiding free holiday treats. Instead, keep your diet in check on the daily so that you can indulge in holiday meals guilt-free. Always think back to your end goals to maintain motivation.