We’re gearing up for the holiday season and that often means big plans tied to big expectations all wrapped up in stress.
How do you react when your plans fall through? Do you roll with the punches? Or does anxiety keep you from enjoying life? Here are three simple things to help keep your stress under control this holiday season.
1. Sleep more.
It’s very common in our society to exist on less than six hours of sleep a night. However, experts recommend six to eight hours of sleep per night. Sleep not only rests our bodies; it also rejuvenates our minds. It may feel counterintuitive, but this holiday season when you have a long “to do” list that is stressing you out, get some rest. You’ll be surprised what a fresh set of eyes can do when you look at your “to do” list with fresh eyes.
2. Turn it off.
The convenience that cell phones have added to our lives can actually be a double-edged sword. We depend on them so much it seems we can’t live without them. Our minds are constantly filled with news, social media, emails, etc. As a result, it is nearly impossible for us to settle our minds. Put your phone down at least 30 minutes before bed and don’t pick it back up until you’re finished with breakfast, or at least your first cup of coffee.
3. Take a mini-vacation.
We don’t always have to jet away on a fancy, high-end vacation to feel free from stress. A day exploring a museum or an afternoon tea with a friend will do. Anywhere that you can go and not think about bills, work, or whatever tensions you have can be enough to feel like a mini-vacation and recharge you. It’s important to take time for yourself, so do it!
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