The holidays bring so much joy and excitement. They also can be stressful and tiresome. There have been countless years where I began dreading Christmas by the time it’s almost the 25th. I have learned there are so many expectations nowadays no matter if it be family, gifts, or even how your house is decorated. We tend to overextend ourselves, compare our lives, and we commit to things just to make others happy. The holidays are supposed to be filled with fun, joy, and happiness. Let’s find our joy and holly jolly again!
8 things to remember this holiday season:
•You do NOT have to visit family that threatens your mental well-being. If family gatherings feel like torture, plan something different this year. The holidays do not have to be torture or stressful.
•You can eat that slice of pie and some without feeling guilty. Holiday dinners are not the time to worry about what you are eating or that you need to diet.
•It’s okay to say NO or I don’t want to. Say NO so you can say YES to what truly matters. Stop running here, there, and everywhere. At the end of the day do what is best for you and your family.
•No, you do NOT have to hit the gym extra after that holiday party. Just carry on as normal with your healthy habits such as eating healthy and being active after enjoying yourself. You can splurge and resume your healthy habits without repercussions.
•The holidays are not a competition on how expensive of a gift you should buy or how much you can gift. Ever heard of the term, “less is more.” If you are worried about money or have a tight budget, don’t over stress. Homemade gifts and even just your presence mean more than any fancy gift!
•Remember to save some time for yourself to recharge your batteries! Enjoy some quiet time reading, watching your favorite holiday movies, listening to music, and relaxing. Let others share in the responsibility of planning activities.
•Protect your peace and don’t over commit. Take a breather and just enjoy some peace! Many times we get busy with parties, friends, families, and holiday commitments. We often forget to enjoy the season of the holidays. Make sure to keep your calendar active and busy, but not too busy that you dread going somewhere.
•Don’t forget to find joy in the little things. Holidays can be overwhelming and we tend to overthink. Remember to enjoy the little moments like baking Christmas cookies with loved ones and watching holiday movies with friends.
Most importantly, don’t forget the reason for the season. No matter how crazy the holidays may get, enjoy time with loved ones and enjoy the holidays. Your mental health and we’ll-being matters.