The holiday season can be really stressful sometimes. Or at all times to be honest. And it’s no wonder. The pressure of finding the perfect gifts, the shopping, the parties, cooking and cleaning when there’s only 24 hours in a day and you have a job or you’re studying at the same time could be daunting sometimes and we might need some extra TLC. Santa doesn’t always bring the nicest of gifts but some holiday blues as well. Here are a couple of things that I like to do when I’m feeling overwhelmed during the holidays and that help me get back on track and make the most out of all the celebrations.
Do a face mask and move on
In all seriousness, I think a face mask can fix anything. Bad skin? Face mask. Stressed? Face mask. No money in your bank account? Face mask.
I always like to have a full on pamper night when I’m not feeling like my best self for whatever reason. Light a candle, put some relaxing music in the background or your favourite TV show, paint your nails, do that face mask because at the end of the day there’s nothing more important than a little bit of self care. And we all deserve it from time to time.
Dealing with holiday stress is all about planning and organising. Pull out all your notebooks, sticky notes, coloured pens and highlighters and plan, plan, plan. Set aside days for shopping, attending parties or other activities. Make shopping lists because they will prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten things like presents or cooking ingredients. It is also very important to decide how much money you’d like to spend. No…wait, let me rephrase this. It’s important to know how much money you can afford to spend and stick to that budget.
Read a book
Believe it or not, reading is very therapeutic and it helps a lot with clearing your mind and restoring your calm. Spend some time alone with a book even if it’s just for 15 minutes and after that you might feel refreshed enough to handle all the shit that’s been thrown at you. I personally enjoy reading a few pages just before bed, with no distractions. It helps me disconnect, feel relaxed and get a more peaceful sleep.
Get enough sleep
Speaking of sleep, you know how they say that we need 8 hours every night? Well GET THEM! And if your stress levels are very high then get some extra hours as well. A nice, long sleep can do you the world of good. Not only does it relax you but it gives you a positive kick in the butt so you wake up feeling happier. I would recommend naps as well but for me they’re a hit and miss. I never know if I’m gonna wake up in a good mood or cranky AF, so I try to avoid them as much as possible, unless I’m really that tired and I inevitably fall asleep.
Netflix and chill
No, I’m not talking about the traditional way of Netflix and chill. But if that works for you and helps relieving stress, then go ahead, be my guest. Here I’m talking about the one where I get to sit by myself, with my snacks, a cup of hot chocolate and a cosy blanket, binge watching my favourite shows. At the moment I’m really into Gilmore Girls, which I’m watching for the first time. I know I’m 1000 years late to the party, but don’t throw rocks at me, ok? I’m also thrilled that season two of The Crown is now up so I can binge that as well.
The great outdoors can be quite calming and relaxing. Whenever I’m feeling bummed out I like to get out of the house even if it’s just for a short walk, a walk that sometimes turns into a trip to the shop so I can get a little snack. Anyway, I highly encourage you to go out, put some music on, take deep breaths and enjoy the beauty that’s surrounding you.
So these were my tips on how to deal with holiday stress. In a perfect world, stress wouldn’t even be a word in our vocabulary but we don’t live in a perfect world.
I hope you enjoyed this post and if you have any other ways of coping with the madness that is brought upon us once December strikes please leave a comment below!