Anyone else about ready to rip their hair out this holiday season? Anyone? Just me? I don’t know what it is about the holidays, but this is literally the single most stressful time of year. Work is extra busy because I’m always taking on new campaigns and additional work between October and December. Then you have Thanksgiving and Christmas which consists of traveling and cooking and gift buying and holiday cards, etc. It’s never-ending! Coping with holiday stress can seem impossible some years. It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed which makes it hard to stay focused on your mental health. Especially if you don’t have a good plan in place to help you conquer everything you have going on. So here’s how to successfully cope with holiday stress this year.
- Get organized. This thing goes EVERYWHERE with me. No joke. It’s always on me. I would literally be lost if something happened to my planner or if I forgot it at home one day. Yes, I could always put everything into my phone since I always have it, but I’m just one of those people who have to write everything down. My planner contains all my assignments for school, their due dates, milestone tasks, etc. It contains my both my personal daily schedule as well as my posting schedule for my blog. It has all of my to do lists, shopping lists, side notes, and SO much more. My entire life is in my planner. And of course it’s VERY color-coded as well to make it easier to interpret when things get messy. It makes the holiday season so much less stressful.
- Work it out. My gym time is even more crucial this time of year. It always makes me feel amazing and on top of the world whenever I spend an hour in the gym. It’s the best feeling in the world. I’ll never understand people who don’t like a good work out. I promise you, if you’re stressed out and needing a good pick me up, then the gym is the best place for you to be! It’s one of the best stress relievers.
- Take a moment to breathe. It can be hard to find that moment in the busy holiday season, but it’s so important to find it. Spend an extra ten minutes in bed in the morning or spend some extra time in the shower. Have your husband take over the parenting duties for an hour so you can read a good book or get in a good work out or whatever it may be. Whatever calms you and gets you away from your busy life for a moment, do it! You do not have to be on the go 24/7. It’s okay to take a moment to yourself and just breathe and collect your thoughts before you continue through your day.
- Learn how to say ‘no’. It’s crucial that you know your limits. If you’re already swamped with projects and are barely able to keep yourself afloat, then taking on another project probably isn’t your best bet. And that’s perfectly okay! You don’t have to do it all. Maybe set a limit for yourself. For example, you’ll only take on x additional shifts at work this holiday season or you’ll only take on x blog campaigns at a time or throughout the month. Whatever that limit may be, set it ahead of time so that you know when it’s time to say ‘no’.
- Phone a friend or family member. Whenever I get stressed, I call my parents. They are the absolute best in helping me find solutions to my problems or keeping me distracted for 30 minutes while they catch me up on everything going on back home. I also have a few friends that I’ll call or text when I’m super stressed out as well. It’s good to have that positive, supportive network to lean on when you need it.
- Ask for help when you need it. I admit, I am so absolutely horrible with this one. I hate asking for help. I’m that person who wants to be able to do it all on her own and look like Superwoman. But sometimes it’s just not doable. So it’s okay to ask for help when you need it! Never feel like you have to do everything on your own. If you have a significant other, then request their assistance with the dishes and cooking dinner one night. Let them take over the children for an hour so you can get in a good work out or catch up on some emails and other miscellaneous tasks that need to be done.
How do you cope with holiday stress?