Sunday, December 23, 2018

Blogmas Day 23: Wellbeing at Christmas

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I wanted to post today on how to de-stress or take care of mental health around the holidays. It can be stressful with buying gifts for everyone on your list, and some last minute rushing around, baking for holiday parties, and making sure everything is perfect and ready for the holidays. I know I have been feeling some of that holiday stress lately and here are some things that have worked for me and have worked for others along with some tips I have read online.

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1. Spend time on relaxing activities 

In the flurry of crossing things off our to-do lists and rushing around here to there, it can really work wonders for our mental health and wellbeing if we simply take time out to relax. I have found that just sitting on the couch and putting on a Christmas Hallmark movie and knitting can help me to feel less stressed. Or you can watch any other TV show or movie and kick back or meditate or just read a book. By doing this, it gives us time away from the to-do list and refreshes our spirit and we feel better prepared to go back and tackle the to-dos afterwards.

2. Spend time with loved ones and friends 

It helps this time of the year to spend time with family and friends and share good times and laughter. This helps us to curb the stress and overwhelm of this time of the year. Today I spent time with my Fiance's family and had a great time and this helped me to take a break from my list and things to buy for awhile and to enjoy myself.

3. Get organized

Organizing your space can help to make you feel back in control of your surroundings and of things you need to do and help you to do those things. Woman's Day advises that even organizing the gift wrap box and tidying that up can help you feel like you are in control again. A lot of the time we can feel stressed because our surroundings have become chaotic. I will go and tidy up my git wrap right now...

4.  Get more sleep 

Sleep is so important all year round but will help especially at Christmas or during the holidays when we feel most stressed. Mental Health Foundation advises that at Christmas our sleep patterns can be particularly disturbed at this time of year with parties and other events and we need to take our sleep in consideration.

5. Practice gratitude

It is a great time to slow down and focus on the good things that are happening and what we are grateful for. Network of Wellbeing  suggests to write a list of five things you are grateful for at this time of the year or in your life and then to see how you feel afterwards. I know I usually feel happier and less stressed when I take a moment to write down what I am grateful for. I try to write down three things I am grateful for everyday and this usually helps me to feel more at peace and happy by focusing my attention on things that are going right instead of things that are not.

What are some ways you relax or de-stress during the holidays?

Thank you for visiting my blog for blogmas day 23. Join me again for Christmas Eve tomorrow for blogmas day 24! I will be talking about what I am doing for Christmas Eve and traditions and also sharing a DIY mason jar craft.

Have a great day!


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