Hopefully, the holidays bring you joy, but they bring about other, less positive feelings like stress and anxiety, anger, frustration, and fear for many people. Although most people expect to be the happiest during the festive season, many of us can’t enjoy the celebration most commonly due to stress. With the holiday season coming up, now you might be searching for ways to lower stress and enjoy the upcoming holiday season.
1. Make a Schedule
For some of us, holidays mean the busiest time of the year; there’s too much we need to accomplish. However, it’ll get difficult to know your priorities with no schedule in place. As a result, you’ll be more likely to get stressed and less likely to achieve your goals. In contrast, making a schedule will help you stay productive and carefully plan all holiday activities.
2. Create a Holiday Budget
Overspending during holidays is not unheard of – 86% of millennials do so. Not only does it stress you out during the holidays, but the stress continues even after when you discover you have less monthly spending budget left after the holidays. Creating a holiday budget is essential to not make yourself anxious over your holiday spending. Make a realistic plan on how much you’ll spend on holiday gifts, other items such as electronics, travel, meals, events, etc. Creating a holiday budget is essential if overspending is one of the reasons why holidays are stressing you out.
Holidays are usually busy, and you might not have enough room in your schedule to stay physically active. However, it’s crucial to devote some of your time to exercise. Even doing 15 minutes of workout per day will help you de-stress, refresh, regain energy, and be more productive (and burn extra calories you’ll be consuming during the holidays), so don’t forget about the workout.
4. Get Enough Sleep
Stress can keep you awake, and sleep deprivation can make you more stressed. It’s a difficult cycle to break, especially during the festive season. If you want to lower your cortisol levels, getting enough sleep is crucial. It’ll help you stay productive and boost your endurance to achieve more during the holidays. Healthy choices like doing daily exercise can help you fall asleep easier, but if that’s not enough to get quality sleep, consider taking natural supplements to help fight insomnia.
5. Start Holiday Shopping Early
Are you a procrastinator? Then probably you are also a last-minute holiday shopper. Although you’ll still find some great deals even when you do the late shopping, it will still make you stressed. You might have to pay more for faster shipping or buy gifts impulsively and pay more than what your budget allows. You might also receive the wrong item – things can go wrong even with online shopping, and you won’t have enough time to ship back the wrong item and receive a new one. All these can stress you out and steal your holiday joy, so start your holiday shopping early.
6. Spend Some Time Alone
Holidays involve lots of bonding and spending time with your friends and family, so it might get challenging to finagle some alone time. Still, it’s crucial for your mental clarity and sanity. Alone time can help reduce stress, refresh, regain energy, and have a significant impact on your mental health. So take some breaks from your loved ones, take a nice walk alone, bike, go to a park, or spend your solo time as desired to help de-stress your body and mind.
7. Outsource When Needed
Holidays come with various tasks you need to accomplish, but it can get overwhelming when you work full-time, take care of your family, and have a lot of housework adding up to your routine. Although you might want to take every responsibility in your household during the festive season, it’s crucial to outsource when you need it. Ask your loved ones for help when you feel exhausted, ask your parents if they can watch the kids, hire a house cleaner to help clean up the house after a party, or even buy prepared meals when you feel burnt out. Don’t take every responsibility when you could use the help of others around you.
8. Don’t Always Say ‘Yes’
Holiday seasons come with many parties and social events, and if you are a social butterfly, you’ll receive countless invites. If you say yes to all of them, it will turn your busy schedule into a hectic one, and instead of feeling happy, you’ll experience stress and anxiety. Nobody has enough energy to attend every event, especially during the holiday season, so say thanks, but no thanks, when someone invites you to an event you don’t want to attend.
9. Watch Holiday Movies
Holiday movies are a great way to de-stress. Every holiday event requires you to be actively present and spend your energy while watching movies is passive. All you need to do is pick a fun holiday movie, grab a snack, sit back and enjoy!
10. Avoid Consuming too much Alcohol
This may seem like it’s counterintuitive for those who love to unwind with a glass of wine after a long week. However, when you have a lot on your mind and plate during the holiday season, overconsuming alcohol can set your schedule back. Being hungover can prevent you from completing tasks, and getting a little too drunk at the company Christmas party could haunt you into January.
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Cannabigerol (CBG) — With the nickname of “mother of all cannabinoids,” CBG is also famous on the market due to its uplifting effects. It’s usually combined with other cannabinoids to boost the product’s effects per the Entourage Effect.
Cannabinol (CBN) — CBN is a non-intoxicating, mildly-psychoactive cannabinoid. It’s the primary product of THC degradation. It’s famous for providing sedative effects and is usually added to hemp-derived products with melatonin.
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