My Personal Holiday Stress Survival Kit
It’s the Holiday’s a chill is in the air, decorations being hung, shopping to do, spending time with family and friends; so much is going on. One thing to keep in mind in the middle of all the maelstrom of chaos is that the Holiday’s is also one of the most stressful times of the year. Stress can manifest itself in many different symptoms anger, tension, pain, anxiety, fatigue, depression and the list goes on and on. On top of that stress aggravates and intensifies many other physical illnesses, in fact I can’t think of any ailment that would be made better by adding stress to it!.
Now Christmas is my favorite time of year, I love the Holiday’s, and I have compiled here my personal Holiday Stress Survival Kit. I use this kit on a regular basis to make it to January in one piece and with sound mind and body.
- Eat a Healthy Diet
- The food you eat has a direct correlation to the mood you are in. I understand that there will be some pretty big holiday parties you’ll be heading to but remember to take all things in moderation. Focus on quality over quantity. I have a few parties between November and New Year’s that I leave my diet at the door but the rest of the 3 month period is a healthy Mediterranean “diet” that I eat. It’s packed with wholesome grains, fresh fruits & veggies and healthy meats. Eating nutritious foods keeps you in top shape, energized, and ready to handle any stressful situation.
- Exercise Regularly
- This is a must! We all have pent up energy that can become stress and harmful to our bodies if we don’t let it out. With all the chaos going on around the Holiday’s this energy buildup quadruples. I hit the gym every morning and run a couple miles, this starts my day pumped and energized and that carries over throughout the day.
- Get Enough Sleep
- This is always a tough one for me, I struggle with it all the time. There just seems to be so much to do but being properly rested can make the difference between a good day and a bad day. Think about it; waking up feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and energized for the day puts you in a much better position to deal with any high stress fiascos. Compare that to being tired, drained, exhausted and cranky then throw in your typical Holiday chaos and you have the recipe for disaster.
- To Do List
- Now this is an essential aspect to my day to day routine. I don’t know where I’d be if it wasn’t for my to do list! A to do list allows you to forget things and never worry again. I could and I think I will write a whole blog about organizing to do lists but to be simple I’ll give you my quick rundown. I have a system that syncs my to do list to my desktop, laptops, iPhone, & iPad. No matter where I’m at or what I’m doing I have instant access to my list. When something comes up and I can’t do it immediately then it goes into the to do list and then I forget about it. I don’t stress about it or worry about it because I put it into my system. You need to find your system and start making a to do list. Since I started doing this the stress level in my life has gone down astronomically! No more late night wake ups worrying if I forgot to do something!
- Take a Breather
- Sometimes you just need to get away from it all. It’s important to always prepare some “me time.” This is a time when you can get away from all the stress and stressful situations and take a break. This could take 10 minutes or a whole day, it all just depends on the circumstances. Some people need to just stop and take a deep breath before continuing; others need to get away from the situation, some people meditate and others just need to spend some time doing enjoyable things that let their minds relax like reading or watching TV. Whatever works for you is what you need to do, just make sure you take the time to break out of the stressful state and recoup.
Well that’s my Holiday stress free survival kit. My greatest advice is to remember that it isn’t just good for the Holiday’s. I use these techniques all the time. They help me stay happy, healthy, and sane all year long.