This time of year brings with it all sorts of festivities and good times as well as the need for closures and end-of-year resolutions. Your calendar is crammed full, you have all these last minute details to attend to, while your regular day-to-day tasks show no signs of abating! The unfortunate result is stress and loads of it! This makes it quite difficult for you to find the right balance that can help you get things done while enjoying yourself during this festive time of year. Get a grip and manage this joyful yet stressful time with a few tips that won’t leave you worried about disappointing people you care about or adding more stress on yourself.
1 || Stick To Your Important Routines
While dropping your early morning exercise session might seem like the right thing to do after a late night but don’t do it. When you start neglecting your personal priorities be they exercise, meditating, or spending valuable alone-time, you not only feel guilty and add to your stress, but you will disrupt your precious schedule and that alone is enough to throw out your whole day. Take a slower paced class or slightly reduce your meditation time but don’t cancel them.
2 || Prioritise Sleep
True sleep gets hugely disrupted this season, but if you don’t make your snoozing time a priority how are expected to stay ahead of your game till the end of the season.
3 || Enjoy Your Treats…Mindfully
To enjoy your treats and drinks this season follow a simple rule. When you know than an event will offer the most sumptuous menu and that you won’t be able to resist the offerings …then don’t …just make sure that you compensate by drinking lots of water and sticking to healthier, and more raw foods at home. Otherwise, if you don’t trust yourself, then you should have a hearty meal at home before your event so you don’t fall prey to the rich decadent treats.
4 || Alcohol Is A Depressant
Know your limits. Alcohol not only wreaks havoc on your brain and body, it also disrupts sleep, lowers your inhibitions, and face it …it’s not the best beauty antidote during this season.
5 || Set Your Budget
Another strong reason for stress during this season is the blown-off budget. Come New Year’s and most likely we would all be on the verge of bankruptcy….Set a realistic budget this season… include all obvious as well as hidden expenses and work within it.
6 || Socialise Strategically
Though we all hate to admit it but not all social functions are equal, and not all relationships are the same. Set a few ground rules for yourself or with your partner or friends prior to attending an event you’re less enthusiastic about. Agree on when to leave before you arrive. Mentally prepare a few topics of interest to discuss with certain people. If potential people or conversations will stress you out, practice a few lines to divert the conversation or to cut it short. Give your friends or significant other hints about when to rescue you from certain people or situations. And make the best of it.
7 || Breathe
Repeated social gatherings are fun but they get stressful at times. Practice breathing. Feeling overwhelmed during a party? Escape to the nearest toilet and breathe in for a count of three and out for five. Expand your belly as you breathe in and let it deflate as you exhale. Do this a few times until you feel your calm.
8 || Ask For Help
Whether you need help in picking out gifts, catering, cleaning your home, or doing your laundry; if the budget allows …schedule needed help to get you through this season. Prepare your to-do list, be realistic about what you can and cannot do… and delegate.
9 || Practice Gratitude
A calendar that is bursting at the seams and tasks that seem endless, are all evidence of a healthy social life. Be grateful for your family, even the extended ones, for your friends and acquaintances and even your co-workers. You have a full life, so reframe the way you think of things and have some perspective.