The holiday season is a frenzy of gifts, food, friends and family. Your mind is more susceptible to chaos. So to help you get through the season with a clear mind, I’ve compiled a few ways to keep calm over the next few months.
Make a list
It’s easy to forget about that last minute task you were assigned, or about the 3 dozen Christmas cookies you were supposed to pick up for your kid’s holiday party at school. Take the time to write down things that you need to do. For some it might be easier to create this on your phone to have it with you at all times. Being able to have a visual of what you need to do and what you’ve already done will help you to feel more in control. You will also have the satisfaction of crossing tasks which you have completed.
Once you’ve made your list, organize your tasks. The list can be sorted in many ways. If you have to meet deadlines then it’s best to organize your list by due date. You can also prioritize by importance. For example, if you have to get a gift for you spouse or mother, you would most likely prioritize that over getting a gift for a friend.
Give yourself permission to relax
Having a few days to unwind without the pressures of deadlines will be a great reset for your mental health. Take a few days off and spend time with family and friends, or even by yourself to renew your sanity. Turn off your email notifications and set your phone to silent. Enjoy your time away from work and rid yourself of stress.
Don’t stretch yourself too thin
I’m sure you’ve been invited to multiple Christmas parties; you’re shopping for various secret santa gifts and you’re expected to make an appearance at the next family get-together. However, don’t overwhelm yourself by over-committing. Do not feel pressured to attend every event. Be sure to have some balance between social events and down time.
Get into the holiday spirit and have fun. You’re more likely to be more pleasant to be around when you’re radiating with positive energy! And of course, be sure to have a happy holiday!