The holiday season is meant to be the most wonderful time of the year, right? Then why the heck am I freaking out every 5 minutes?? Truth is, going back to your hometown, seeing the family you missed (and maybe the family you didn’t) and being a part of the countless holiday festivities can really take a toll on your mental and maybe even your psychical health (idk your family traditions lol). I’m sharing some ways to de-stress when your holiday is feeling not so jolly.
Journal, write things down.
If you feel overwhelmed, angry or even sad, I always felt that writing your feelings down is a good way to get your emotions in order and reflect on how you are truly feeling. There is something therapeutic about putting your thoughts down on paper and it is always better than lashing it out onto others.
Accept the imperfection
It’s easy to visualize the perfect holiday party or the perfect family gathering. But let’s snap back to reality and accept the fact that your family and so many other families are a little crazy. Remember that no family is perfect but you’ll still love them all the same.
Take walks and get some sunshine
As much as you want to sleep the day away, try to get out and get some fresh air and vitamin D. Basking in the sun for even 10 minutes out of the day can really brighten up your mood.
Don’t stress yourself out even more by planning everything last minute. Try to schedule and plan in advance so you have a clear view of how your holidays will pan out.
This is always so important! You will be hyper-focused on making everyone else happy but don’t forget about your self. Do the things that put you in a good mood like going to the movies, eating really yummy food, getting your nails done, doing a face mask. Whatever it may be, don’t neglect the things that bring you joy.