The holidays are infamous for being hectic; with loads of family time, meeting deadlines before the year wraps-ups, hosting holiday gatherings and attending countless obligatory events, not to mention throwing in the normal day-to-day tasks that life brings.
It’s very easy for anyone to feel overwhelmed and stressed. Here are the top three ways you can manage and eliminate stress during the manic holiday season.
Commit Time For Yourself
Before making breakfast, checking emails, or beginning your daily routine, set your alarm about 30 minutes earlier than you usually wake up and use this time to meditate. Find a peaceful space to sit quietly, focus on your breath, and relax your body. This is a rare and unique opportunity to begin your day on the right foot and free your mind from your checklist to just “be.” Commit to this time for yourself.
Studies show that in order to truly experience all the benefits meditation has to offer, it’s crucial to commit to meditating on a regular basis – day after day, with gentle and considered discipline. After each time you meditate, take a moment to notice how you feel physically, emotionally and spiritually. You will soon begin to establish a connection between meditation and the effect it has on your mood and stress levels.
Commit To Exercise
Most people know by now that exercise is not only good for your body, but it’s good for your mental health. When we exercise, our bodies release endorphins, which are hormones that release stress and make us feel happy.
Commit to getting regular exercise, especially during the stressful work week, and schedule an exercise class that has a late-cancellation policy. Contrary to popular belief, cancellation policies actually motivate us to show up. Now is the time to get regular exercise and make a commitment that has a financial incentive.
Commit to Whole Foods
Being “hangry” is a real thing. And during stressful times we often turn to “comfort” foods. Although it’s tempting to pick up a quick dinner from the drive-through down the street in consideration of time, it’s important to give your body the fuel it needs to navigate through the busy holiday season. That fatty burger and sugary milkshake isn’t going to help your stress, and it will actually make you feel worse.
Although time is limited during this period, there are quick and easy ways to ensure you are giving your body the nutrition it needs without taking hours of your time. Keep a healthy nutrition bar in your bag for the times you can’t break away from a meeting or event. Healthy snacks will sustain you until you find time for a full meal and will maintain blood sugar levels to keep you focused and sane. Today, there are countless healthy meal delivery services that will bring healthy options to you so eating right is easy.
As we navigate through the chaos of the holidays, strive for these three commitments. The more aware we become of our stress levels and the effects on our health, the more quickly we are able to take charge of our bodies and mind to keep stress at bay.