The holiday season is upon us and that means managing those demanding schedules and navigating the festivities with a focus on relaxation. Managing stress is not just a luxury but a necessity for our overall well-being so here are some ideas to guide you to a stress-free holiday season.
First and foremost, acknowledge the stress. With the whirlwind of holiday activities, it's easy to get caught up in the chaos so take that deep breath and remind yourself that moments of calm are important even in the midst of busy times.
Delegate, our lives often set so we are accustomed to taking charge, but it's equally important share some of those responsibilities. Whether at work or home, delegating tasks can lighten your load. Trust your colleagues and family to handle certain aspects, allowing you to focus on what truly matters.
Realistic expectations. Yes, the holiday season often comes quickly with a set of expectations, both personally and professionally. Recognize that you can't do it all, this is okay. First things first, prioritize, release the idea of perfection and then embrace the joy that this brings.
Establish a self-care routine. Choose activities that bring you peace. Whether a short walk, a hot bath, a great read or a few minutes of meditation. Find what works for you and make it an integral part of your routine.
Disconnect to reconnect. Technology keeps us connected however it does lend itself to stress. Set boundaries, especially during these times. Allow yourself to engage in moments with loved ones and recharge your own batteries.
Celebrate the small stuff. In the professional world, the focus is often on the next challenge without acknowledging accomplishments. Take a moment to celebrate the small victories, both in your professional and personal life.
This holiday season find joy in the moments of respite. And don’t forget, a healthy and happy you lends to a more fulfilling holiday season for you and your loved ones.