Staying Sane During the Stress of the Holidays
By Brandi Goodman
The holidays are meant to be a time of cheer. That's not how everyone feels, though. Some people have a tough time dealing with the stress of the holiday season, and their mental health suffers. With some tips in mind, you can have an easier time staying sane during the stress of it all -- and hopefully, find more ways to enjoy yourself.
Stick With Your Sleep Routine
If you currently have a typical time you go to bed each night, and a normal time to wake, stick with it. Whether it's the holidays or not, you need to maintain your sleep routine to keep your sanity. A lack of sleep makes it easy to feel irritable, stressed out, and overwhelmed. Get plenty of rest and your mind will benefit.
Learn to Say No
You don't have to say yes to every invite or go to every holiday party. It's OK to say no and skip some things this season -- or at any time. Sometimes, we just don't have the mental capacity to deal with other people or put on a festive face for our friends and family. Say no, stay home, and take some time for self-care instead.
Enjoy Daily Self-Care
Self-care should happen daily, not just once in a blue moon. You need regular times to yourself to simply sit back, relax, and do something you enjoy. Read a few chapters of a book before bed. Watch a show while you ride an exercise bike or jog in place. Draw your friends pictures for their Christmas gifts, or create something else in a way you enjoy. Take a bath instead of a shower. There are lots of options, and well worth taking at least a few minutes out of your day to try them.
Stick to Your Budget
A major culprit of stress for people during the holidays is money. People often believe they have to go above and beyond their budget, spending everything they have on gifts for everyone they know. It's important that you stick to your budget and don't go overboard buying things that aren't necessary. People don't need extravagant gifts. Make something. Gift a fun treat. Get them something simple they'd enjoy, rather than something pricey. It will help you save money -- and your sanity.
Don't let your mental health or your sanity decline this holiday season. Do what you can to keep your mind healthy and strong. It will help to overcome the stress of the holidays and allow you to get through it in an easier way than you otherwise may be able to without your sanity intact.
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