Avoid December stress
Although December is a great month, it can also be a very stressful one. With many deadlines at work due to upcoming New Year’s eve and everything you need to take care of for Christmas (gifts, dinner ideas, outfits), it can feel overwhelming. Here are some tips to prepare you for December stress, so you can just enjoy the season!
Preparation is everything! I usually start preparing for Christmas in October. I start making lists of gift ideas, looking for Christmas decorations and divide big deadlines up in smaller ones. This way, I won’t have to do everything last minute and I know what’s coming. Saves a lot of stress later on! Here are some more planning tips if you need them, like this Eisenhower matrix. This’ll help you to choose what you have to do now and what you can do in 2021.
Although you might feel like you need every weekend to prepare, you might also benefit from going away for a weekend. It’ll clear your mind and refresh you, so you can put in all your energy when you come back. Although going on holiday in other countries might not be an option this year, renting a house or hotel room somewhere in nature (beach, forest) still is a safe option. Nature has been found to be great for relaxation purposes, so that should be your best option.
Have things to look forward to
When I’m really stressed, it helps to know that the situation won’t last forever. So, when I see a stressful period coming up, I also try to pinpoint when life will calm down again. This way, there is something to look forward to, which will help me to keep going when it gets tough. It can also help to plan a reward for all the hard work (although a nice Christmas can be a reward in itself of course).
Here he comes again: the importance of self care. When times are stressful, you need to take good care of yourself. I’ve mentioned many tactics before, but different things work for different people, so find out what fits your needs. For instance, some people feel stress more physically and a physical solution like increasing your intake of antioxidants might help. However, some people might benefit more from mental relaxation tactics like meditation to calm down.
If there is a season to come together, it’s Christmas. Therefore, it’s a good idea to find solace in your friends and family. Whine and complain with with others, they might be feeling the same as you do. Sharing the burden can really help to lift the weight off your shoulders.
Protect your body
Nothing can impact your mood and productivity like depressive symptoms. Although there are many things that can affect it, some proven ways to fight it are to increase your magnesium levels, vitamin D intake and to get keep moving. In addition, inflammation has been found to be correlated to depression. So, taking care of your body through food, drinks, exercise and time outside is vital to get through this month. Although sun may be hard to come by, you might want to find it through for instance a solarium or light therapy. Although going to the solarium too often can be harmful, once every while on a low setting might help you. However, with all these psychical solutions, it’s good to consult with your GP before radically changing your lifestyle.
Although I can’t take away the stress completely, I really hope these tips will help you manage it a little bit better, so you can enjoy the season to the fullest! How’s your December stress usually? Let me know in the comments below. And if you liked this and you want to save some money to buy the presents, you can subscribe here to my blog to get my ‘Saving money without devaluing your life’ e-book! For regular updates on posts and more content, follow me on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.
Lots of love,
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