We are now currently in the full throes of the holiday season, and with the hustle and bustle, holiday parties and events aplenty, it can be overwhelming.
This is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year—but for some, it can be a stressful and often anxiety-ridden time. We at Professionally Positive want you to enjoy the holidays, not look to them with despair. So we want to share with you these tips on how not to get overwhelmed during the holidays.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew
Be very selective and only commit to the things that bring you joy. You do not have to attend every party or event you receive an invitation to. Fill yourself up with spending your time purposefully and intentionally.
Self care is real
Set aside some self care time to devote to yourself. Yes, this time of the year is about spending time with your loved ones, but you also need to nurture yourself. Allow yourself some moments alone. Relax in a quiet area with a book. Get a massage. Partake in a bubble bath. Take care of yourself so you can better take care of others.
When your work hours are over, leave it there—at work. Allow yourself time to recover from the day’s activities in the workplace, and try not to take your work home with you. And if you can take off days around the holidays, do so. Allow yourself a break or two.
It doesn’t have to be perfect
When planning and spending time with your friends and family, we all want it to be picturesque like a Hallmark greeting card. But if it’s not like that, don’t fret. Don’t allow yourself to get worked up over things you can’t control, and that includes gatherings, events, and parties that you facilitate. Enjoy spending time with the people you care about. That is real perfection.
In my home, we have a holiday tradition where one gift that we give has to be homemade, and something that can be created from something around the house. This helps us remember the real reason for the season and not be just about what to buy one another. The handmade gifts I get are often the ones I most covet, so create some loving holiday traditions that make you smile, not stress you out.
There’s so much pomp and circumstance during this time of year that is can really wear you out. Rely on these tips to help you get back to center and truly enjoy the season.
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