Studies have shown that stress on your body during the Christmas holidays can be matched to that of running a marathon. Worrying about what to get or where to get it from can be highly overwhelming, but what about taking time for you, to at least recuperate anyway. Here are just some simple ideas to make sure you are looking after number one:
No phone usage
I know what it's like, the children are in bed and you're thinking now is a good time to search the net on your phone for presents. DON'T do it. I'll tell you why… when you don't have any ideas or think you've got a spare 20 minutes, that is quite possibly the worst time to search, before you know it, you've lost two hours and spent way over budget on everyone. It's all too easy to get lost in hours searching for presents on your phone. Instead, in the evenings take that time to chill and watch the Christmasy TV programs or that film you've been wanting to see all year. How long could you actually go without the use of your mobile?
Go for a walk
We all know going for a brisk walk is good for us and in case you didn't, here are only 3 off the long list of benefits:
- Improves circulation
- Builds stamina
- It's good for your cardiovascular system
I find it's best to just get out for a bit and escape the four walls, and what better way than to take in the beauty of my local park at the same time?
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Believe in that motto. Remember to breathe if heat or arguments are lurking, there really is no good in letting Christmas ruin a bond between friends or causing upset between the family. Try removing yourself before something is regretted. It's just one day and it isn't that big of a deal. Relax by taking deep breaths, allowing your body to stop producing the stress hormone.
Music is my personal escape, and dancing around the living room reminds me of good times. Just let yourself go and sing out loudly too. You will feel energised and free.
Some like to bake and some like to colour, everyone has that activity to either reduce stress or pass time. Find your thing and do more of it during this festive time. Maybe a puzzle is what helps you or playing board games with the children, anything that occupies your mind or more importantly decompresses you.
If only at least one of these can help you stop overthinking the Christmas period and make time for yourself, then you’re halfway there.
Tomorrows instalment: don't fall into the trap of bankrupting yourself