Holiday Stress...

As you all know, Christmas is right around the corner (exactly four days away)! With it comes the excitement of seeing family but also the stress of traveling, of juggling millions of dishes and ingredients in one kitchen, purchasing and wrapping gifts, preparing your home for guests, the list is endless.

This year I was in the category of "preparing for guests" and let me tell you that I have gained so much more respect for my mom and my grandparents and my aunts and uncles who are always hosting guests. I was standing in a Home Goods on the brink of a breakdown because I couldn't find tissue paper to match the gift bag that I had bought for a white elephant git and realized I needed to take my stress level and turn it down a few notches. So, without further ado here are a few tips to get you through this coming week without having a tissue paper-induced breakdown:

  1. Take 15 minutes each day to step away from EVERYTHING (that includes your phone) and go take a walk around the block or even just sit out on your back porch with a glass of water.

  2. Get enough sleep! As hard as that may be, try to get to bed at a reasonable hour especially if you need to be getting up early the next day.

  3. Eat the right stuff. I know we are all in a rush, frantically trying to get our ducks in a row before the clock strikes 12 on the evening of the 24th. But, do your best to avoid the fast food and try to make your snacks fruit or vegetables or trail mix.

  4. Give yourself permission to say "no" to people. With the holiday season comes a flood of invitations. Do NOT feel obligated to say "yes" to every single one.

  5. Let yourself enjoy your time with your loved ones and give your pet some cuddles. I know it is easy to get wrapped up in the craziness of this time of year, but do your best to not forget that this is a time to embrace your family and your friends and your (maybe) significant other and be thankful for them. Then, give your pet a hug. Research has shown that oxytocin (also known as the "love drug" or "cuddle drug") levels increase when gazing in a pet's eyes.

That's all I have for you for this post, I did my best to keep it short and simple! I hope you all have the happiest of holidays and I wish you a wonderful New Year. This will be my last post for 2020 because I will be spending the remaining time in this year with my loved ones. Take care of yourselves, and I absolutely cannot wait to see what 2021 has in store for all of us! Xx