Updated December 13, 2023
Did you know that heart attacks are most common during the holidays? It makes sense, right? There’s an avalanche of stressors this time of year – from present shopping to family expectations, and let’s not forget about the nightmare of holiday traffic and travel. All these factors can weigh heavily on you during the 30+ days between Thanksgiving and the New Year.
This surge in stress often leads to anxiety, which can spiral into depression, affecting every aspect of your life. But hey, that’s a big no-no! You deserve to feel good, especially during the holiday season.
But guess what?
This year doesn’t have to be a repeat of those anxiety-ridden, stress-inducing nightmares from previous years. If you feel your heart racing or suddenly find it hard to breathe during the holidays, here are a few reminders to keep in mind:
1. Choose to Say No, and Don’t Feel Guilty 🙅🏿♀️
Feeling overwhelmed because you’ve set sky-high expectations for yourself this season? Here’s a secret: drop them all.
You don’t have to do anything. Seriously. Be honest with yourself and understand that your well-being should be your top priority. Saying no is okay. Skipping an event is okay if it means you’re taking care of yourself.
2. Find Relief Beyond Alcohol and Food 🍾
Sure, eggnog and comfort foods like mac n’ cheese and peach cobbler (my favs!) might be calling your name. Indulging a bit is fine, but don’t go overboard. These calorie-packed treats won’t really help with your anxiety – in fact, they might make it worse.
3. Embrace Self-Care Rituals 🧘🏿♀️
In the midst of the holiday frenzy, carve out time for yourself. Whether it’s a quiet walk, a bubble bath, or simply curling up with a good book, make self-care a priority. These moments of tranquility can do wonders for your mental state.
For those curious about how I incorporate Bikram Yoga principles – Breathe → Posture → Deep Relaxation – into my self-care routine, I delve deeper into this practice in this blog post. Exploring these principles might offer valuable insights into managing stress and finding serenity during the holidays.
Remember, You Matter 💗
No matter who’s expecting what from you, if it’s detrimental to your health, skip it. Period. Love shows itself in compassion, care, and empathy – and guess what? You deserve that kind of grace, especially from yourself. Your mental health is a priority, and anyone who truly cares about you will understand that.
Remember, these are not just reminders; they are your survival kit for the holiday season. Stick to them, and I promise you, this time around, you’ll have a better, more relaxing time.
Happy holidays! Here’s to less anxiety and more chill. 🌟
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