The holidays are over and it’s time to get back to reality. If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or just plain exhausted, you’re not alone. Here are some tips to help you bounce back from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and get back on track.
Don’t try to do it all – focus on the things that are most important to you
We live in a world where we try so hard to fit as much into our lives as possible, but sometimes a little prioritizing is needed. Prioritizing and planning can be incredibly beneficial; even if that means passing on some things and saying ‘no’ from time to time. Striking the perfect balance between what you enjoy and things you should do can help get the most out of your day-to-day, without feeling overwhelmed. You’ve got to allow some flexibility for those times when something unexpected comes up. So don’t worry if you’re not doing everything that crosses your mind; just try to treat yourself kindly and make sure you’re doing what’s important to you.
Set realistic expectations for yourself and your loved ones
Setting unrealistic expectations for yourself and your loved ones can end up being a huge drag in the long run — after all, nobody likes to be constantly disappointed. Putting a bit of thought into how we assess our performance and that of the people around us — while still encouraging ambition, of course — can go a long way toward creating a more positive outlook. This doesn’t mean that any goal is off-limits; I’m simply reminding you to try to stay grounded and realistic with plans and intentions. That way, when something does pivot (because life often does!), we’re less likely to be completely thrown off-course. Basically, sometimes you’ve got to go with the flow and make the best of things when something goes awry.
Make time for yourself – schedule in some “me” time every day
As much as it’s important to check off everything on our to-do list, it’s equally important for us to take the time and do something just for ourselves. Self-care is so often pushed aside in our hectic modern lives, but if you want to be productive, you need to start investing in yourself first – because if we don’t look after ourselves, who will? Make sure you set aside some “me” time each day; whether it’s a yoga class, watching an episode of your favorite show, reading or just taking fifteen minutes with a cup of tea and your thoughts. Doing this can help restore your energy so you’ll feel ready to take on the world…or maybe just the dishes.
Exercise, eat healthy, and get enough sleep – taking care of your body will help reduce stress
Taking care of your body is essential to curb stress – who would’ve thought? We all know that exercise is important for a healthy lifestyle (though it’s often easier said than done!), but when combined with snacking on nutritious food and getting sufficient rest, taking care of your body brings immense rewards. Not only will you be fitter and more energized when you make healthy choices, but your mental well-being also stands to benefit significantly from the impact they have on reducing stress. So come on now, let’s give our body some TLC – it might just bless us with improved stress management!
Talk to someone if you’re feeling overwhelmed – a friend, family member, or therapist can be a great sounding board
It can be hard to admit when we’re feeling overwhelmed, but opening up to someone and letting them know what’s going on can be truly liberating. It could be an old friend, a family member, or even a therapist if you prefer. The important thing is that you allow yourself to be vulnerable in the moment and share whatever it is that you’re feeling. Letting this part of your authentic self shine through can often bring comfort and relief and equip you with the ability to tackle any problem head on. So remember the next time you have something embarrassing or awkward weighing heavy on your shoulders – don’t be afraid to seek out a listening ear!
So there you have it – five tips that will hopefully help you on your journey to a less stressed life. Just remember, Progress not perfection! And if you ever feel like you can’t do it all, just remind yourself that although you’re AMAZING, you’re only one person.