How to beat holiday stress? While the holiday season can be the most exciting time of the year for many, it can also be one of the most stressful times of year. Between events, family get-togethers, and the pressure to find all the perfect gifts for everyone on your list while managing your day-to-day responsibilities can leave you feeling defeated. What is most important during this time is finding balance and taking care of your mental health. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy the last few weeks of 2022!
Beat Holiday Stress with Mental Health
During the holidays, there are so many events that we often feel obligated to say yes to everyone to avoid disappointment. This can lead to burnout and exhaustion. Setting healthy boundaries with yourself is most important. If an event comes up that you cannot go to, simply say so. You should not feel obligated to say yes to every invitation, and your loved ones should understand that you are putting your mental health first.
It can also be difficult for those that do not have family during this time of year. Some things you can do to combat feeling lonely is to give back to your community. Looking for local shelters or food banks to donate your time can lead to a sense of accomplishment. It may also help you network and meet new people.
Beat Holiday Stress by Staying Healthy
It is no secret that the holidays are right in the middle of the cold and flu season. The added stress of the holidays can certainly affect your immune system, but there are a few things you can do to help prevent getting sick.
- Wash your hands often
- Take immune boosting supplements such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, & Zinc
- Get enough sleep each night
- Stay hydrated
Budget to Beat Holiday Stress
The pressure to get all the perfect gifts for our loved ones can leave us with a financial burden. Set a realistic budget for each person on your list and stick to it. We tend to get caught up in the act of giving that we forget why we are doing it. Remember that thoughtful and useful gifts will mean the most to your loved ones and they typically do not cost as much.
Support is Key to Success
Making lifestyle changes all at once can feel overwhelming especially with all the conflicting noise on the internet. Humans are hardwired to need support; seek it both personally and professionally. Get a free 30-minute phone consultation. See if this is the right match for you by addressing natural weight loss, cravings, emotional eating, balanced diet, disease prevention, nutrition, and getting to the root cause of what’s keeping you stuck. See what others are saying on Google and Yelp.
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~ Samantha Hua, Nutrition Coach & Holistic Health Coach, San Diego, CA