How to Survive the Holidays

How to Survive the Holidays

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But they can also be a time of stress and anxiety. If you're feeling overwhelmed by the holiday season, don't worry—you're not alone. Here are some tips on how to make it through the holidays without losing your mind.

1. Set realistic expectations. 
The holidays are often portrayed as a time of perfect family togetherness, but in reality, they can be fraught with tension and conflict. If you're setting your sights too high, you're bound to be disappointed. Try to take things one day at a time and focus on the positive aspects of the season.

2. Make time for yourself. 
The holidays can be hectic, so it's important to schedule some time for yourself. Whether it's taking a long walk or reading your favorite book, make sure to carve out some time to relax and recharge. You'll be glad you did.

3. Don't forget to exercise. 
Exercise is often the first thing to go when we're feeling stressed, but it's actually one of the best things you can do for yourself. Taking some time to get moving will help you clear your head and relieve stress. Plus, it's a great way to burn off all those holiday cookies!

4. Say no when you need to. 
It's okay to say no when you're feeling overwhelmed. There's no need to try to do everything—or be everything—to everyone during the holidays. Just focus on what's most important to you and let the rest go. Your loved ones will understand.

The holidays can be a tough time for even the most even-keeled among us. But by setting realistic expectations, making time for yourself, staying active, and saying no when needed, you can get through the holiday season unscathed—and maybe even have some fun along the way!