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How To Keep Calm During The Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – or is it the most stressful time of the year? It depends on how you view the holiday season, but if you’re like most people, you probably have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, it’s a magical time of year, it’s festive and fun and filled with sparkly things and plenty of merriment, but, on the other hand, it comes with a lot of extra stress and craziness that can be very, very annoying. 

The trick to making the most of the holiday season, of the good and the bad, is keeping your cool. The calmer you can stay, the better everything becomes. The problematic situations are easier to cope with, and the good times are much more enjoyable. But, of course, staying calm during the holidays isn’t always easy. Here are some of the best tips for how to have a calm but merry festive season. 

How To Keep Calm During The Holiday Season

Try To Stick To Your Routine 

Being out of your routine is one sure-fire way to go a bit crazy, so while it can be difficult during the holidays, try to stick to it as best you can. Get up in the morning, eat your usual breakfast and work out because there are going to be days where you have no time, you overindulge, or you spend all day watching movies. If you have a Fitbit tracker, then use that to make sure you’re still moving enough and getting enough sleep. 

Plan Ahead

To be able to stick to any routine, then you need to have a plan, so even if you’re out of routine a bit, if you have planned it, you will be able to cope with it easier. This is applied to what you eat, where you go, when you go, what you need to take, etc. AssuranceAmerica warns that tired drivers can be just as dangerous as any other bad driver, so plan ahead for long trips and make sure you pack ahead of time and are organized enough to allow for a full night of sleep before you tackle that marathon drive.

Go Easy on the Booze

Just know your limits. Alcohol is a depressant, which means it not only disrupts your sleep, but it wreaks havoc on your body and brain the next day, lowers your inhibitions and leads to everything from overeating to accidentally saying things you shouldn’t. 

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Take Time for Yourself

There is so much going on during the holiday season, and you may feel increasing pressure say yes to every invitation and person as well. Particularly if you are traveling to visit family or friends, you may feel obligated to do as much as possible during your trip.

Whatever your normal stress reliever is during your regular routine, whether its yoga, going to the gym, running, or journaling, make sure that you find the time and space to maintain those habits during the holidays. The holidays raise expectations of spending our time with others, which is, of course, important, but to be able to best be there for your loved ones, you need to remember to take care of yourself too.

Say No 

This isn’t new advice, and it can be challenging during the holiday season, but the sooner you’re able to draw the line between what you absolutely have to do and what you can miss out on, the sooner you’ll be able to find a calm state of mind.

One of the biggest stressors during the holidays is feeling like you have to do so many things, there are events to attend, people to see and give presents, bake cakes and decorate the tree, but how many do you really have to do? Cut down on the to-do list and create more calm for yourself. 

Be Realistic 

Following on from that, also try to maintain a realistic notion of what can and cannot be accomplished during this time of year. The gifts don’t have to be perfect; the meals don’t have to be perfect—the point is to just get loved ones in the same room and to celebrate.

Remember, those relationships won’t be perfect either, so embrace the chaos, don’t worry that you should be doing more or should be doing better, recognize that things will go wrong and that is an inevitable part of any day. Once you lower your expectations and make the most of the day or what it is, you’ll relax and be able to enjoy yourself, which is just how it should be.

Keeping yourself calm over the holidays can be difficult, but when you remember to worry about yourself and not everyone else it is possible.

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