Facing the scary thought of taking a few days off from work over the holiday season? Concerned about getting all your shopping and wrapping complete in just a couple of days? Fret no more, we’ve got some tips to help you destress your mind and body this holiday season.

Set Realistic Expectations and Just.Say.No

It is easy over the holiday season to go from overbooked with meetings and appointments to instead feeling overwhelmed with holiday parties and other commitments. Don’t feel guilty to take the time you need for yourself, and just say no to invites when you think it is required. And, try not to feel the pressure to get that all-important perfect present for someone, when in reality the present is giving the gift. In the end, let good be good enough.

Delegate

There is no reason to feel like you need to take on all your family’s shopping or cooking this year, if you need help, ask for it. Feeling a lack of confidence in those around you to do it correctly? Try delegating the most straightforward tasks first.

Don’t Overindulge

It is easy when stressed to overdo it with food or alcohol, but this can often result in more problems for us eventually. Try to consume in moderation!

Relax Your Mind and Body

Try to practice mindful meditation by being present only in the moment and listening to your body’s reaction. Once you know how your body is reacting, you can make that effort to change it. Try yoga, taking a warm bath, listening to soothing music, going for a short outdoor walk, or writing in a journal to relax.

Resolve to Be Mindful

Try to practice mindfulness throughout the year and not just during the holiday season. We can all use mental breaks occasionally. And try not to set yourself up for failure with overwhelming New Year’s goals. By starting small with your goals, you can decrease the risk of failure and feeling overwhelmed.

And, finally, don’t forget to breathe. Some deep breaths may be all you need to carry you through to 2022!

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