Staying mentally healthy can be so hard with all that is happening during the Holiday season.
Happy Holidays. What is not to love about the Holidays? Crowded stores, guests coming over, visiting family, prepping your Christmas gifts. Okay wait, maybe the Holidays are a lot more stressful than they seem! If you are like me, the stress of the Holidays hit you like a ton of bricks. You feel as if you are scrambling, and even though you have the Christmas spirit, you feel as if your mental health is drowning. Here are some of my personal tips on how to handle the Holiday stress, and stay mentally healthy all season long.
DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF
Some people have been preparing for the Holidays since March. Other people are born naturally to have the perfect Christmas decorations, or perfect Christmas cookies. Then there are people who are just trying their best to decorate, shop, and celebrate. Whether you are that person who has been ready since March, or that person who is just getting by, I am proud of you. This is your Holiday! Celebrate anyway you can, don't compare yourself or push yourself too hard, you are right where you need to be.
DECLUTTER AS THE HOLIDAYS GO BY
Everyone knows, when the house gets messy and cluttered, our brains can too. Adding a Christmas tree with presents into that mess can make your head explode. Remember, Santa needs room to get down the chimney and through your house come Christmas eve! Making the house look nicer will help keep you calm during the season.
REMEMBER, YOU ARE NOT SANTA CLAUS.
Do not go into debt this Holiday season. You do not have hundreds of elves working for you. You have bills to pay, and you need to grocery shop. As crazy as deals may be at the mall, do not give in if you do not have the wiggle room to spend that much money. If any one of your loved ones are upset because of the lack of a Christmas gift, they are not worth your time. It is the season of loving and being together, no price tag can be put on that!
SMALL BREAKS ARE ESSENTIAL
Please do not abandon your daily routines throughout the season. My night time routine consists of self care and me time. Even though it is only about 30 minutes long, it's time to breathe and focus on me. Small breaks and self care are always important, but during this stressful season, they are about 10x more important! So do not forget to take a break from wrapping paper this season and give yourself some care.