No matter what your holiday plans, it seems that stress can be a common complaint this time of year. And while we like to think of the holidays as joyful and fun, there is always room to include a little more calm to your plans. But these five tips will help you incorporate more calm and less stress no matter what your holidays look like.
Drink More Water
You have heard it before. Drink more water. And it sounds so simple, maybe too simple. and yet, as a whole we do not drink enough to be properly hydrated. The dryer, colder months tend to decrease that even more. By drinking more water you will keep your body more healthy and your brain more focused. Staying hydrated will help you hair and skin stay healthy, help prevent overeating, and in the even you do get sick will help you bounce back more quickly. And yes, it also helps you focus!
But the holidays with their added stress make this even more important. With all the parties and get togethers where alcohol or some form of wine to celebrate is on the menu, staying hydrated can be more challenging. But having a solid plan and being well hydrated with water before the party will help off set that.
A few tips on how to get more water into you:
- Habit stack- “stack” drinking water with a habit you already do consistently. Ex :Drink a glass of water before your morning coffee. Keep some water by your toothbrush and drink a glass before or after brushing your teeth. Have a glass of water before a meal.
- Fill a large half gallon or gallon jug with water and keep it in the fridge. This will help you know how much you are drinking and how much more you need. It also keeps it cool and ready to go, so no procrastinating!
- Fill a glass up at night and have it in the fridge ready for first thing in the morning. I have found that if we make our habit as easy as possible, it’s harder to not do them.
Get Adequate Sleep
As the days get shorter, we often try to pack more into our evenings, especially as the holidays approach. But staying on a routine with sleep will help you get the most out of the time you are asleep. Even on those days or weeks when we are off work and the kids are out of school, staying on a consistent routine will help you sleep better and feel more energized each day. And taking some extra time to rest or just get a few extra hours of zzz’s can boost your energy, mood and immune.
If the added holiday stress has got your mind racing there are several things you can do to help calm that down and get better sleep. Keeping that routine or finding a good routine will be key. But also setting up a calming bedtime routine is also helpful. You can read more on things to include in this article on sleep.
Stick to Your Budget
This one may be the hardest this time of year. For me it’s not so much about “keeping up with the Jones’s” as much as it’s just the fact that I enjoy giving gifts! But I have learned that I can still give gifts without blowing the budget.
This may require you sitting down and having some conversations about how much money you have to spend this holiday season or at least looking over your finances to have a firm amount in your own mind. And then stick to it. Be creative about gifts and maybe even focus on time together instead of more expensive gifts this year. You will be less stressed and everyone will enjoy that more! 😉
Move and Stretch Throughout the Day
This doesn’t have to be anything extensive. Set a timer or choose something you do consistently already and add in a few stretches before that activity. Here is an easy way to just move and stretch your spine while seated. You can even try taking a short walk after lunch or when you get off work. Getting outside for some fresh air and getting in a walk and a little sunshine can do so much for your immune system and your mindset!
Carve Out Some Quiet or Alone Time
It’s easy to get overstimulated and over socialized this time of year. And the demands of parties, relatives and events on top of our busy schedule can really get us run down. Making it a priority to spend some time alone to rest, read, pray, or even do some simple stretching and moving.
A great idea is to spend a few minutes in prayer, reading or meditating on a Scripture and thanking God for the day. You can incorporate some slow deep breaths into this for even more calming effects! And my 31 Days of Thanksgiving devotional is still for sale if you want something to guide you in some short focused Scripture on giving thanks.
While the holidays may still be busy and bring it’s own stress, following these tips will help reduce that stress and bring more calm into your days so you can enjoy the holidays more.