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The holiday season can be a very stressful time in a person’s life. Growing up, I didn’t realize how much my parents sacrificed and went through during this time of the year. All I saw were the decorations, the movies, the presents and the joy of getting to visit family. But now, as a grown up, the holidays are a little bit different. Don’t get me wrong- this is still my absolute favorite time of the year. I love the Christmas lights and decorations, the holiday foods, and the memories that are made. But now those great things come with a price. I have to figure out how to balance my work life with my social life. I have to organize our time to see both mine and Isaac’s families, as well as make sure we spend time together as a couple too. We also have the financial burden of purchasing gifts, which is something I never really worried about before. And when all of those things start to slowly add up, my stress level rises.
So today, to help you (and me) cope with holiday stress, I have put together a list of things you can do to destress and enjoy these next few weeks… Because it truly is the most wonderful time of the year!
Five ways to cope with holiday stress
Carve out some “me time” (pun intended ;) )
When life gets chaotic, I’ve found that what I need more than anything is to just spend some time taking care of myself. This could be something as simple as reading a book I’ve been wanting to finish, or sitting on my balcony drinking some coffee. I also love going on a run, or working out… I mean, who doesn’t love those endorphins? One of my favorite ways to spend some “me time” is painting. It’s so relaxing, and I get lost in my own little world. You better believe that I’ll be painting up a storm once my holiday breaks begin!
Say “no” To be honest, I’m pretty good at this one. I am the biggest home-body, and would spend almost every evening in the comfort of my living room if I could. However, sometimes I pack our schedule so tight, that I end up neglecting things I have to do (I’m talking to you, laundry!). When that happens, my stress levels rise, I feel overwhelmed, and like I can never catch up. So sometimes it’s okay to say “no”, especially if it means saving you from some stress and tears later down the road.
Go on an evening walk
Even though the sun sets awfully early nowadays, I still love going on evening walks with Isaac and Lillie. I like to leave my phone in the car, and just enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. It’s a great way to unplug from the world, talk to my husband and forget about the worries and stress I may be dealing with. Going on a walk is the perfect way to unwind and relax!
Go tech free
Ever since I got a smart phone, the thought of going tech free sounds crazy… And that’s how I know I just might be addicted to my phone. I have realized, though, that on the days I spend less time on my phone, I get way more accomplished. I also know that I feel more stressed when I’m not intentionally spending time with my husband, or when I am too caught up in my “online world”, which is why going tech free is something I have started to really push. I know my relationship with Isaac will benefit from it, and I’ll be able to enjoy the little moments more than ever!
Relax with a hot cup of coffee
Sometimes I like to set my alarm earlier than usual to slowly wake up, sit on the couch with a hot cup of coffee, and read my Bible or listen to music. There’s nothing quite as relaxing as the quiet moments in the morning before everyone else gets up and moving. And I can’t think of anything more cozy or comforting than snuggling up in my favorite blanket, and sipping on some freshly brewed coffee. Lately I’ve been loving my Folgers® Red Can Classic Roast. The smell brings back so many childhood memories of my dad drinking Folgers every day. When we visited the states, he would load up on coffee, and bring cans of it back to Chile. So now, every time I see that bright red can at the store, I can’t help but smile!
I don’t always use creamer, but when I’m wanting something special or extra creamy, I love using some WhiteWave Simply Pure® creamer. I found the vanilla and caramel flavors at Target, and they are my new favorites! I also like adding a little cinnamon on top for the final touch- it’s simple, but it works.
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Now it’s your turn to talk! Answer one of these questions in the comments below:
What is your favorite way to destress during the holidays?
How do you like drinking your coffee?
I use a ton of eucalyptus, keep my house clean, bubble baths, and prayer.
I love eucalyptus leaves! They smell so good. And a clean house is KEY to helping me reduce my stress… I get so overwhelmed when things get messy!
Yess I love this. I am a homebody too so saying no is a must! Plus sitting down, not being on my phone and sipping on a warm cup of coffee sounds so relaxing. Love this!
I’m glad I’m not the only homebody haha! Thanks for stopping by, Amber. :)
I have a hard time saying no, but then have backed out last minute – which is worse! Now I try to make my no no and my yes, yes.
That’s a great idea, Sarah! I hate having to say “no”, but sometimes it’s what we have to do to stay sane!
I go on a few walks a day with our dog and it’s so good for both of us :) I always feel better after a walk.
I love that! I take my dog on a walk after school and it’s a great way to switch from work to home mode.
Making sure I’m getting in my morning workouts is key for me. As much as they help keep me in shape, they help keep me sane too! :)
Girl, I’m right there with you! Morning workouts help me get rid of any early morning stress, which helps me deal with the day so much better.
Oh, I just love all of your things! And the punny “carve out some me time” = perfection :) I love evening walks, too and have learned that saying no often means saying YES to other things in my life and that helps me stay balanced / sane.
XOXO and thanks for sharing. Hope you have a happy weekend!
Thanks ;) I’m all about those puns! And I love that you mentioned that sometimes a “no” also means a “yes” in another area of your life. That is SO true! It’s all about balancing, right?
Me time is so important! And your pun was great lol. I’m a sucker for puns. I plan on using these other tips as well, because the holidays ALWAYS find a way to stress me out. Thanks for sharing!
Haha thanks! I love me a good pun. ;) I hope you had a good Thanksgiving, and that you didn’t get too stressed out!
Love these tips! Always important to put yourself first sometimes..even during the holidays!
Isn’t it, though?! I am so bad about forgetting to take care of myself, especially when things are busy during the holiday season.
It’s so important to remind ourselves of all of these things, especially saying no. We always want to say yes to everything and be everywhere but all it does is stress us out. And I def have to carve out more me time. Or start! With 3 kids under 6 it’s tough, but I need to try. :) #client
Girl I don’t know how you do it!! 3 kids under 6?! You’re a rockstar. I hope you are able to find some “me” time, because I know you deserve it!
me time during the holidays is so important. It can be so tough to do too!
I know! We are so busy doing this and that, on top of traveling, that we forget to take care of ourselves.
The painting in the first picture is gorgeous! I love the colors. These are great ways to relax during the holidays. I’ll definitely be taking advantage of every single one.
Thank you so much Emily! I hope you are able to stay relaxed this holiday season!
Yes with the “me” time. I love your paint set!
Amen! And thank you!! I bought it on Amazon and love love LOVE it.
Oh I’m loving that paint pallet! I love to unwind by painting as well, and nature. I’m finding I need nature above all and in order to *really* enjoy the other stuff.
Happy holidays! And have a wonderful weekend :)
Painting is so stress relieving to me! And thanks… I bought it on Amazon. It’s AMAZING. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving! :)
Great tips! I love the idea of going on an evening walk and turning off technology.
It’s funny how the simplest things can change so much! I thrive on being able to step away from life and enjoy the moment.
Taking time to relax during the holidays so important for me so I don’t get burnt out. I want to enjoy them and create memories with my family.
I love that you take time to spend with family!! Those are the memories I cherish the most. I hope you have a happy holiday season!!
These are absolutely fantastic tips! Sometimes the holidays can just get so overwhelming and it’s necessary to take some time away from the hubbub!
Amen!! I hate that we get so busy that our relationship with our spouses take a hit. I hope you have a happy holiday season, Susannah!!