How to Keep Your Sanity Through the Holiday Rush

The holidays are so much fun. There are lights everywhere, light and happy music, comfy and delicious foods, and good moods galore. While the holiday season brings a ton of fun, it can also bring a bit of stress. In fact, while the holiday season is an emotional high for some, for others it is a high for depression. The reasons for this are many. More than learning about these many reasons for depression during the holidays, however, it is important to learn how to deal with it. Take a look at these tips for keeping your sanity intact through the holiday season.

Maintain Exercise

Keeping your physical health in shape is imperative to your mental health. They really do work hand in hand. Even though it can be tempting to completely ignore your fitness routine through all of the holiday fuss, don’t let yourself! Instead, make time to workout, even if it is a simple walk around the block. This will allow time for both your body and mind to destress and unwind. Plus, it will help you keep your weight down in one of the toughest times of the year to do so.

Leave Room For Indulgences

OK, I know this kind of contradicts the first point, but you really can have both. The holidays are full of delicious treats and just a bit of decadence. Don’t miss out on all of the fun. This will actually help you out later on, as you are less likely to binge if you just allow a few indulgences from time to time. If you pair this with generally healthy eating and a good exercise plan, you can enjoy the holiday season without going too crazy.

Make Plans

Keeping track of all of the things you need to do during the holidays can get overwhelming fast. Try making a plan. Write it down! This is important, as a “plan” in your head isn’t really a plan. Make plans for when you are going to shop and who you are going to buy for. Make plans for your holiday get togethers. Once you have it all mapped out, cut back where you need to. You don’t have to attend every single holiday party. Choose the important ones, and ignore the rest (gracefully). Keeping yourself from getting over committed or waiting until the last minute can go a long way in preventing too much holiday stress.

The holidays can be stressful, it’s true, but they don’t have to get the best of you if you are prepared. Use these as a guide, and add where necessary. Things like spending time with friends, setting a budget, and getting enough sleep can also help to relieve the holiday blues. Get prepared, and enjoy the holiday season this year.

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