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Stay Centered and Stick to a Routine by Managing Holiday Stress

Stay Centered and Stick to a Routine by Managing Holiday Stress

The holidays are a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness, where many of us revel in the joy of socializing and gathering with loved ones. 


However, for those who are constantly striving for success, the holidays can also be a challenging season—especially when it comes to maintaining routines and self-care. Overscheduling yourself with social obligations, overspending for the sake of gift-giving, and overindulging on Christmas cookies and cocktails can contribute to burnout. That’s why taking care of yourself is key to staying holly and jolly and making the most of this season.

In the following article, we’ll explore different strategies for maintaining your self-care routine so you can find your holiday harmony.

 

This season is a time when work takes a backseat, and personal relationships and community involvement take center stage. 

However, amidst the joy and festivities, you may find yourself feeling overextended, particularly if your typical routines and self-care practices fall by the wayside.

To effectively manage holiday stress, it's crucial to understand its sources, which may include:

  • Over socializing: The barrage of parties, gatherings, and events throughout the holidays can be overwhelming. You may feel compelled to attend everything, which can leave you feeling depleted if you don’t take the time you need for yourself.
  • Buying presents: The pressure to find the perfect gifts for loved ones can be stressful, financially draining, and time consuming. Additionally, there’s the pressure of making sure you buy your presents in time and remember everyone on your list.
  • High Expectations: The expectation of creating picture-perfect holiday experiences—especially if you have kids—can lead to stress and anxiety.

      By understanding these stressors, you can take steps to proactively address them and keep your cool throughout the season.

       

      Holiday self-care: Stick to a routine to maintain your well-being 

      Maintaining your daily routine is essential for preserving your well-being during the holiday season. If you’re someone who thrives on structure and consistency, abandoning these routines can lead to increased stress and a sense of imbalance. 
       
      Throughout the holiday season, sticking to a routine can help with the following aspects of holiday stress management:

      • Improve Mental Health: Routine fosters the healthy mindset you need to manage any anxiety that might come up this season.
      • Maintain Your Physical Health: Regular exercise and healthy eating habits are easier to maintain with a routine, preventing weight gain and promoting overall well-being.
      • Cultivate Emotional Stability: A routine ensures time for self-care and prevents emotional burnout. They can also provide space for spiritual practices and reflection, enhancing inner peace.

           

          Self-Compassion: Nurturing Your Inner Self

          We often set unrealistically high standards for ourselves this time of year. When things don't go perfectly, it’s easy to become overly critical of ourselves. 

          If your inner critic kicks into high gear during the holidays, self-compassion can be a powerful tool for maintaining well-being during the holidays. 

          Self-compassion means treating yourself with the same kindness and understanding that you would offer to a close friend. Instead of beating yourself up for things like forgetting to buy a gift, burning the Christmas cookies, or sitting out of Secret Santa, self-compassion encourages you to forgive and nurture yourself as you navigate feeling overwhelmed. 

          Here are some tips to help you get started:  

          • Practice Self-Kindness: Acknowledge your imperfections and failures with kindness. Treat yourself as you would treat a dear friend.
          • Common Humanity: Remember that you're not alone in feeling overwhelmed during the holidays. Many others face the same challenges, so don’t be afraid to seek out support.
          • Mindfulness: Stay present and be aware of your emotions without judgment. Mindfulness helps you respond to stress with a calm and collected mind.
          • Self-Care Rituals: Incorporate self-care practices into your routine, such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or a hot bath can bring awareness back into your body and help you feel better.

           

            By practicing self-compassion, you can alleviate the pressure of high expectations and find more joy in the holiday season.
             

             

            Setting Boundaries and Saying

            Setting boundaries can seem daunting, especially during the holiday season when social obligations are aplenty. However, learning to assertively communicate your limits is essential for maintaining your well-being. Here's how you can approach boundary setting:

            • Prioritize: Identify your top priorities during the holidays. This could be spending time with immediate family, focusing on your mental health, or completing important work tasks.
            • Practice Clear Communication: Politely but firmly communicate your boundaries to friends and family. Let them know what you can and cannot commit to.
            • Plan Your Schedule: Organize your time by creating a schedule that ensures you have time for self-care, work, and socializing without feeling overwhelmed.
            • Delegate: Don't hesitate to delegate tasks or responsibilities to others, especially when hosting holiday events or preparing meals.

            As you put these tips into practice, remember—setting boundaries doesn't mean being unkind or unfriendly. It’s about ensuring you have the time and energy to enjoy the holiday season without burning out.

             

            Embracing Mindfulness

            Mindfulness is a practice that can help you stay centered and present during the holiday rush by helping you stay engaged in the here and now. Here's how to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine:

            • Breathing Exercises: Take a few minutes each day to focus on your breath. This simple practice can help calm your mind and reduce stress.
            • Mindful Eating: Pay attention to the tastes and textures of your food during holiday feasts. Eating mindfully can prevent overindulgence and promote a healthy relationship with food.
            • Gratitude Journaling: Each day, write down something you're thankful for. This practice can shift your focus from stress to gratitude.
            • Silent Moments: Find brief moments of silence throughout the day to collect your thoughts and calm your mind.

             

            Tips for Maintaining Overall Well-Being

              In addition to self-compassion, boundary setting, and mindfulness, maintaining your well-being during the holiday season requires a holistic approach. Here are some additional tips:

              • Time Management: Use time management techniques to prioritize tasks and ensure you have time for self-care and relaxation.
              • Healthy Eating: Indulge in holiday treats but balance them with nutritious meals. Avoid overeating and stay hydrated.
              • Exercise: Continue your regular exercise routine or find enjoyable ways to stay active during the holidays.
              • Self-Reflection: Take time for self-reflection to assess your well-being and make any necessary adjustments to your routine.
              • Unwind and Pamper Yourself: Before you go to bed every night, take a few minutes to pause, reflect, and reconnect with yourself in a deep way with our Evening Ritual Set. It comes with everything you need to destress and reset—like our Evening Body Serum and Evening Aromatherapy Candle—making it the perfect set for when you need some TLC.  

               

                The holiday season is a time of joy. By finding balance and a self-care routine, you can fully embrace the festivities and stay present throughout this special time of year. 

                By prioritizing your holiday self-care along with your social obligations, you can have a fulfilling and festive season that strikes a balance between meeting the needs of yourself and everyone else around you. We hope that these tips help you bring your best self to the festivities and stay centered throughout the holiday rush. 
                 
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