We’re about to enter the busiest season of the year. Are you ready? In the weeks ahead, many of us will be shopping, cooking, entertaining and creating memories to last a lifetime.
But for some people, this time of year can also be stressful. Holiday stress may be related to family, travel and so on. As we head into this busy time, here are our six tips for a stress-free holiday season.
- Count your blessings. At the very root of this holiday is gratitude. Being appreciative and thankful for all the blessings in your life helps put stress in perspective. Gratitude is a powerful tool to expand your happiness, improve your health, and, yes, cope with stress.
- Stay organized. Create to-do lists so you can be efficient and make the best use of your time. Delegate tasks so you don’t have to do everything yourself. Stay on top of your budget so financial stress won’t surprise you come January. Are there any Thanksgiving dishes you can prepare ahead of time?
- Schedule time to pamper yourself. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. You can give yourself an at-home facial, get a massage or curl up with a good book. Take a walk and breathe mindfully with each step. Be present in all that you do.
- Take care of your body. It’s okay to splurge on stuffing and pumpkin pie on the big day, but make sure to squeeze in some exercise, too. Do your best to eat healthy and get plenty of sleep. Listen to your body; you know what it needs.
- Give back. Many people don’t have a Thanksgiving table to gather around. The holiday season is a wonderful time of year to do something nice for others. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, donate winter clothes to a homeless shelter or bring canned goods to a food pantry.
- Be kind to yourself. Don’t try to “Keep up with Joneses.” If you overcook the turkey, let it go. If someone says something unkind, don’t take it personally. If going to the mall for those Black Friday sales stresses you out, consider shopping online instead. Being kind to yourself will help diffuse potential stressors that may arise.
Thanksgiving is not something that should be restricted to just one day. Giving thanks on a daily basis is something we should all strive for. Speaking of gratitude, we’d like to thank YOU, our amazing community of fans, for reaching for our products and turning to us for advice on how to live more beautifully. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving, everyone!