Here are some remedies to help make the holidays more joyful:
Learn to say “no” and be happy you did.
Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful, overwhelmed, and tired. When asked to do something that you don’t have the time, energy, or interest in doing, consider saying, “I am sorry I can’t help you as I already have a commitment.” You do have a commitment; you have a commitment to yourself.
2. Don’t abandon healthy habits.
Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt.
- Have a healthy snack before holiday meals so that you don’t go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks.
- Eat healthy meals.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Include regular physical activity in your daily routine.
- Try deep-breathing exercises, meditation or yoga.
- Avoid excessive tobacco, alcohol and drug use.
3. Take some time for yourself.
Find an activity you enjoy. Take a break by yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Listen to music. Enjoy a Holiday movie. Call an old friend and reminisce about Holidays past.