Feeling Overwhelmed? Tips For Keeping Calm in the Festive Season

December 17, 2020

Feeling Overwhelmed? Tips For Keeping Calm in the Festive Season

There’s no denying that this year has been tough for most people. Whether you’ve struggled with lockdown, you’re dealing with a job loss, or you just miss the way things used to be, it’s likely you’re feeling more drained than usual at this time of year. If you’ve been finding it difficult to adjust to the new normal, it’s no surprise that the impending arrival of the silly season might be a little stressful. We’re here to remind you that the best way to survive the festivities is to put yourself first.
 
Here are some tips to help you keep your cool this month:
 
Keep your healthy habits
 
Usually, around this time of year your gym routine falls off the radar and gets replaced with after work drinks during the week or long lunches with friends on the weekend. This year, it’s more important than ever to look after yourself and maintain those habits that make you feel good. Whether it’s getting to that barre class every week, keeping that massage appointment, or simply sticking to your nighttime beauty routine, looking after yourself is paramount. Make a list of the things that make you feel energised, empowered and in control and make sure to keep doing them through the holiday season and into the new year. You won’t regret it.
 
Learn to say no
 
Overwhelm has been a common theme this year. To help you keep calm in the lead up to Christmas, give yourself permission to have some “me time”. While this may mean that you have to cancel plans with friends or colleagues, there’s no need to feel guilty. If you find yourself dreading certain plans or feeling that your energy is depleted, simply skip it and do something that makes you feel good instead. You don’t have to, and can’t, do it all. You may surprised to realise that most of the pressure to do everything comes from yourself instead of others.
 
Plan some wholesome activities
 
Want to stay social but also don’t want to get into a spiral of partying and unhealthy eating? Plan some healthy outings with your friends or family. Instead of getting together for drinks, go for brunch and indulge in avocado on toast or acai bowls. Head off on a hike or book into a spin class together if you want to stay active. You could even have friends over for a pamper evening of face masks and rom coms for some fun.
 
Share the load
 
Don’t feel like you need to do it all yourself. It’s perfectly OK to ask for help if you need it. Lean on your friends and family to help you get things done when your schedule starts to book up. Whether it’s help around the house or at work, you’d be surprised to find that there are people in your life that may want to help you. It's OK to lean on your network every now and then.
 
Reflect on your achievements
 
The end of the year is the perfect time to remind yourself of all the incredible things that happened this year. While there were many challenges along the way, it wasn’t all bad. And, at the end of the day, you endured something unprecedented and that in itself is something worth celebrating. You are so much stronger than you know.
 
Bonus: Start to make a list of your goals for 2021 so that you can start next year feeling motivated, inspired and in the best possible frame of mind.