The Holidays are often portrayed as the happiest time of the year. Indeed, there is a magical element to the holiday season. However, what most people don’t usually talk about is the stresses and responsibilities that come with the Holidays.
The 7 mental tricks below will help you fight the holiday blues and enjoy this time of the year.
1. Find an anchor
This time of the year tends to be crazy. Your usual routine flies out of the window, especially if you’re traveling o spend the Holidays with your family. That’s why it is important to find an anchor in the middle of it all.
This could be your daily run that you could keep up even when you go back home, your skin care routine, your time alone with a book every night. It just has to be something familiar and comforting.
2. Put yourself first
Holidays are all about family and friends, and taking part in social gathering is essential. It is important, however, to know your limits, whether mentally, emotionally or physically. If you know certain gatherings will affect you negatively, keep your time there short.
If certain people you will see leave you feeling unwell, keep your interaction with them to a minimum.
3. Lower your expectations
Let’s be realistic, people don’t change overnight, or in that case, in one year. Naturally, there will be different views, there will be family members who don’t get along, and conversation will take place, some of it good and some of it bad.
Mentally prepare for that, and you will be able to gracefully glide through it.
4. Prepared your stories
Plan a few talking points and stories to tell in advance. This will give you conversation starters and help you fill awkward silences, change the subject or lighten the mood when needed.
5. Focus on experiences, not presents
Most of us give in to our consumerism during the Holiday season. The temptation is too strong, and that look on someone’s face after receiving that expensive gift is just priceless.
While a little indulgence is harmless, why not cut back on the pressure that comes with too much shopping, both from overspending and from clutter. Try planning activities that will allow you to bond with your loved ones, and they will be just as happy.
6. Allow yourself to relax
For some of us, being away from work and life as we know it can be stressful. In order to truly be able to enjoy the Holidays, you need to consciously allow yourself to take that time off. Let go of the guilt, try to have fun and just roll with it.
7. Don’t set your schedule in stone
There is so much to do, and you have plans laid out. Whether it is chores, shopping, events, or activities you want to do, take a minute to tell yourself that it is okay if something doesn’t go according to plan.
The above mental tweaks will make your Holiday season less stressful and more fun. Just prepare yourself mentally, and you will be surprised how this will transform your Holidays.
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