The holidays are usually a fun time of year that you can look forward to. Sometimes the season can mean extra time with family and friends but for others, it can be a lonely time, especially if family is too far away to visit. Additionally, the expectations of the holidays can cause undue stress.
To help avoid these feelings of loneliness and stress, we’ve outlined four key tips to keeping a sane mind and a calm spirit this holiday season:
1. Keep physically active. Staying active has incredible therapeutic and anti-anxiety benefits. Exercise increases the “feel good” hormones in our body to make us feel happier and more relaxed. Get up and take a walk or join a group workout session. You’ll do your body and mind a whole lot of good.
2. Reach out. There are so many ways to reach out to people who may be in the same situation as you. If you find yourself lonely this holiday season, venture online to find local Facebook groups about neighborhood gatherings, visit your local church to see what activities they may have planned, and think about volunteering. Helping others while getting social interaction will help soothe the holiday blues.
3. Build in some alone time. If you are spending much more time with family and friends (especially if they are visiting from out of town), it is likely you will start to get on one another’s nerves. Don’t be shy – take some time to be alone. Go outside and read a book, participate in a church group or volunteer to do some errands one day. Taking time to recharge alone will restore your energy and spirit enough to make your time with your loved ones even more meaningful.
4. Learn to be flexible. A lot of the stress around the holidays stems from expectations or from a need to stick with tradition. Allowing yourself to be open to new ways of doing things, and allowing flexibility if things don’t go as planned will help you relax and allow for the unexpected.
Overall, just remember what the holidays are all about: being appreciative about what you do have, and joyful for the people and blessings in your life. If you are feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath, look around at the beauty and people around you, and feel the warmth and love that surrounds you.
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