From juggling family obligations to finishing up end-of-the-year projects at work, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when the holiday season is upon us and a new year is just around the corner.
It’s important to take time to focus on maintaining a healthy mind, body and spirit so you don’t burn out. Here are a few quick tips to remember.
Know your stress triggers
Whether its work, family, finances, or a combination of several factors, it’s important to identify your holiday stress triggers early. From setting aside a few rands of every paycheck to working ahead at work, there are a variety of proactive steps you can take to be prepared and impact the severity of stress during the holidays.
Take time for yourself
Yes, the holidays are supposed to be about family, friends, and togetherness … but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to plan a little time for yourself. According to Psychology Today, alone time comes with a range of benefits, including improved concentration, time to think, and an opportunity to simply “reboot your brain.”
Say “no” to – or at least share – the holiday treats
The holiday months are notorious for weight gain. From treats at holiday parties to treats from family and friends, we’re surrounded by heavy meals and sugary confections week after week. So, it’s important to learn how to put your foot down and say “no” to the onslaught of goodies the holidays bring.
Be proactive to stay active
As hard as it’s going to be among the holiday cookies and turkey, stuffing or Christmas ham, make a commitment to stay active throughout the season. Jump start your resolutions now by getting into an exercise routine that will make it easier to stay healthy through the holidays and start the new year off on the right foot.
Make a point to visit old friends
According to the Mayo Clinic, research has shown that friends are good for our health. From boosting happiness and self-worth to coping with stress or mental health, friends play a key role in maintaining and overall healthy lifestyle. And what better time to reconnect than the holiday season?
Focus on giving
It’s no secret that, to most people, giving feels good. The holidays are often full of opportunities to take some time from the hustle and bustle to focus on giving back. In fact, research has shown that giving can have a significant impact on our mental and physical well being.