December is upon us and with not long to go, I am sure that stress levels have began to raise. Even though it can be many peoples favourite time of year, it can also be the most stressful time of year.
Here is a list of things you could do to help you get through the festive period and come out smiling the other side.
Make sure that you are looking after your body as you may need the energy and stamina to keep up with the festive cheer.
Breathe – Rule number 1. Feeling stressed can increase heart rate and alter breathing patters which can be reversed by taking deep breaths.
Get active – Physical activity is a natural stress buster, it gets rid of the harmful adrenaline that’s produced when you get stressed and causes your brain to release endorphins which are feel good hormones.
Drink aware – I’m sure that it goes without saying that social calendars over the festive season are packed with parties, drinking too much will not only increase your calorie intake (you may regret it in the new year if you’re hitting the gym) and it can also have effects on your mental health too.
Your body is your temple – to keep us ticking over, a lot of us will uses stimulants such as coffee however it doesn’t have a lasting effect. Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water in order to keep your brain hydrated as this will improve your mood and concentration and in turn, you will be able to operate effectively in stressful situation. The best way to recharge your batteries is to get a good night sleep, you won’t be of any use if you’re ‘running on half empty’.
Looking after your wellbeing will enable to be in a better position to tackle any unforeseen problems
Plan ahead – To make the most effective use of your time, it is a good idea to get started early and plan the best way to manage your time as I’m sure there is lots to get done.
Be more Assertive – in order to make sure that things are getting done, be in control and don’t be too afraid to say no, especially if you have already taken too much on.
Remember you – at points throughout the day you should remember to take a few minutes to have some time for you, whether that be reading your favourite book, listening to some feel good music or meditating. Take the time to rejuvenate by doing something you enjoy.
Don’t work too hard – Even though you will want to get all of your work tied up before you break up for the holidays, you should still take breaks to avoid getting tired as this will be counterproductive. Working when tired and feeling the pressure will also make you make you less resilient when things don’t quite go to plan.
Keep a journal – if you are particularly overwhelmed with stress and emotions, don’t keep it to yourself, most of the time getting things off your chest is the greatest form of therapy. If you like to keep this kind of thing to yourself when write it all down, write about what makes you sad, who has made you angry and don’t forget to write about what makes you happy too.
Above all, don’t forget to enjoy yourself. We wait all year for Christmas to come around so remember to laugh and have fun.