It’s suppose to be the most wonderful time of the year, but let’s not kid ourselves. It can also be the most stressful. Protect your sanity this holiday season with our simple guide!
1. Keep it simple
This is the time to be brutally honest with yourself. Is it really feasible (or healthy) for you to throw a holiday party for 50 people, attend 6 other holiday themed events, and run the office secret Santa while trying to buy gifts for everyone on your list? Probably not.
Don’t over-do it. Stick to doing one or two of your absolutely favorite or necessary tasks, and use the time you would have spent trying to accomplish everything else to spend some quality time having fun with those you love.
2. Find an outlet
Intrusive questioning from well-meaning family members can be incredibly stressful and painful, especially for those TTC. Have an outlet prepared so that when the inevitable happens you have a go-to method to defuse the situation.
Have a friend on speed dial, or a signal to your partner, so you can be sure to have someone who understands that you can vent to or talk with whenever you need an escape. Or simply allow yourself to remove yourself from a situation without feeling guilty about it. Take care of yourself, even if it means leaving the party to stand in the bathroom for a few minutes and take some deep breathes, or telling someone honestly you would rather not talk about it.
3. Me time
No matter how hectic your holidays are, take 15 minutes each and every day for yourself. It can be when you wake up, at any point in the day when your feeling especially stressed, or right before bed.
For those 15 minutes do whatever works best for you to recharge. Spend it meditating and relaxing. Spend it praying and truly connecting to the spirit of the season. Spend it thinking about all that you have to give thanks for. You’ll enjoy the benefits of relaxation and carry that renewed energy with you throughout your day.
Do you have any tips that help you stay sane during the holidays? Please share with us in the comments below. Here’s wishing you a wonderful and healthy holiday season!