The holidays are a notoriously stressful time for everyone, so I’ve come up with a list of things I do to try to keep my sanity.
1. Say no and stick to it.
One of the biggest things I’ve learned is to know your boundaries and stick to them. There are an insane amount of social opportunities during the holidays so pick some that are really important to you and go! If there are others that you feel obligated to go to or just don’t want to, stop by for a little bit or politefully decline the invite. There is nothing wrong with saying no! I promise, once the guests have a few eggnogs in them they won’t notice if you stayed for 30 minutes or 3 hours.
2. Protect your work out/alone time.
As I’ve said, since the holidays are stressful and you are often pulled in many different directions it is SO important to protect some time every day for just you. This is the time to do your work out or veg out and catch up on Dexter. Just a side note, please do not underestimate the effect stress has on our bodies. I always tell people to err on the side of rest during exhausting times. For example, if you normally run a few times a week, try walking or yoga instead.
3. Eat like you know you should.
Just because it is a festive time of year that doesn’t mean you should face-plant into a goblet of spiced wine and that questionable, gross, from-a-package onion dip YUCKKKK! Eat a vegetable every day. Now do it again. Now again…oh wait you’re eating like you do the other 10 months of the year. Good work!
4. Keep a budget.
Gifts are expensive. I have the budget of a fruit fly, so this year, I’m going the homemade route for most of my presents. People know how much thought, time and effort goes in to homemade gifts so I really believe they are more meaningful than a pair of China town earrings of a stupid fruit cake (which really, who eats one of those??).