Another Thanksgiving has come and passed. Hopefully you were able to enjoy time with friends and family. Maybe you felt a little stressed and were able to calm down by practicing gratitude and staying in the moment. Or, maybe you let the stress of all the hustle and bustle put a serious damper on your holiday cheer. If the later is true, don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s easy to get caught up in the worry of pleasing everyone and going the extra mile just to make sure everything is perfect. We’re all guilty of it from time to time.
As we approach Christmas and the start of a new year, we challenge you to first and foremost take care of yourself. This may sound a little contradictory to the selfless mantra that usually accompanies the holiday season. We’re not saying that you should become a greedy Grinch who only thinks of them self. We’re challenging you to take a step back from the incessant “people pleasing”, worrying about buying the perfect gift, overcommitting to holiday gatherings, and all the other extra stressors we tend to put on ourselves this time of year. Instead, take some time for yourself and you will likely find that all of the other stressors take care of themselves. When you start to take care of yourself first, you are better prepared to handle whatever life throws your way…and your light can shine a little brighter.
Ditch the Resolution and Resolve to be SMART
Don’t bother setting a New Year’s resolution. Statistics show that only about 8% of people actually accomplish them anyway. What better way to start the New Year than to start it with failing to reach a goal? Instead, pick one important, yet achievable goal using the SMART method. This will set you up for success and leave you feeling accomplished and proud in the start of the New Year.
For more on SMART goals, check out our blog.
Most of us tend to find it easier to say “yes” than “no” when someone asks a favor of us. But, this can be a huge source of stress and anxiety if you are not truly equipped mentally or physically to handle the long to-do list. Don’t be afraid to say no. Most people will be very understanding if you are honest with them. If it is something that you feel you have to do, don’t be afraid to ask for help. By setting boundaries, you are allowing yourself to better manage both your time and your expectations. This will help to decrease some of stress and anxiety related to the holidays.
Stop and Smell the Roses
Well, maybe stop and smell the pine. You get the point. It’s so easy to get caught up in busyness of each day. Maybe you’re counting down the days until Christmas or the days you have left to get your Christmas shopping done. Before you know it another Christmas will have passed and you will have missed out on many of the smaller things that you passed right by. The next time you are shopping, take a moment to visit your favorite store and browse around. Pick a gift for yourself that you really enjoy and buy it. Take a couple of hours to sit down with your family and enjoy your favorite Christmas movie while snuggled up with hot chocolate under the covers. Or maybe take a half day just to do whatever you want, by yourself. Pampering yourself a bit will re-energize you and give you the boost you need.