The holiday break is around the corner, and while many anticipate family trips, leisure, and time off from work, others find the holiday season stressful and overwhelming. Even when you plan with the best intentions, it can become exhausting. From work dinner parties and school recitals to family gatherings, sometimes we need a break in between all the get-togethers.
This year, give yourself a break and spend more time sleeping or relaxing in bed. Enjoy this time of year by adding some self-care to your busy schedule. Here are a few ways to destress during the holiday break.
Learn How To Say No
After Thanksgiving, there’s about a week of silence before you’re bombarded with holiday party invites, work events, and other social obligations. At the time, we may feel obliged to say yes. However, it’s OK to say no. Don’t stress yourself out trying to make it to every gathering. Instead, take the time to look at the lights around town or spend cozy evenings with your family or even by yourself.
To be mindful is to be aware; in practice, mindfulness means living in the present and accepting what’s happening around you. So, instead of stressing about your gifts arriving on time or future social gatherings, focus on the smells and feelings around you. What are you watching? What candle is burning? What can you feel? These questions will ground you in the present and help you relax.
Do Things You Enjoy
The holiday season brings out the child-like joy in all of us. There’s nothing better than seeing all the lights and drinking hot cocoa or tea on a cold winter night. A great way to destress this holiday break is by doing what you enjoy. Whether watching holiday movies all day in your pajamas or going on a winter hike, find activities that you love to do!
Create a Relaxing Environment
Another way to destress during your break is by rearranging your space and creating a more relaxing environment. Sometimes our spaces can cause us to feel overwhelmed and cramped. Turn on some music, light some candles, and refresh your space with new wall art or throw pillows. Improving your air quality can also be beneficial for your health and make you feel more at ease in your home.
Don’t let this holiday season stress you out. You can meet your goals, but if the time doesn’t permit, don’t be afraid to cancel events or say no. Take time to take care of yourself so that you can enjoy the holiday season!
Dianne Pajo is a writer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.