Hey Everyone! Hope you’re having a great day! Can’t wait to recap some of my Caribbean experience for you, but until then, Voracious Vorilee is here to share with you some of her tips on how to beat the holiday stress before it beats us!
Hi there! My name is Deva and I blog about food, health, and fun at Voracious Vorilee. I thought that I would share with you some of my favorite ways to destress, especially because I find a lot of people get stressed out during the holidays, even as they are full of cheer, togetherness, baking, and fun. We all need to take a moment and breath this time of year, and here are just a few of my favorite ways to take a step back and do just that, whether it’s during the holidays or year-round.
1. Go for a walk. I am an active person, and sometimes I forget that moving my body keeps my mind fresh. If you find that you’re stressing out, take a step back, pull on your coat (if you need one!), and go for a walk to stretch your legs and clear your head. You can even make a game of it by seeing how many decorated homes you come across, or see what shapes you can find in the clouds. Take a deep breath and go outside – everything will still be there for you when you get back.
2. Play a game. Right before Thanksgiving, I was frantically trying to get things packed and cleaned up so that I could go visit my family and come home to a tidy apartment. When I realized that I needed to stop and breathe, I sat down with my Rock Band guitar controller and ROCKED OUT for a half an hour to destress and recenter myself. It worked wonderfully, and I spent the rest of my time cleaning and getting ready goofing off, instead of worrying about it being perfect. Why not sit down to a game if you’re finding that you’re getting stressed out – it’s a nice way to break things up and to come back to your tasks with a clear head. You can play video games, card games, Apples to Apples, or even Where’s Waldo – they’re all fun and easy to get into, and we all know that playing games isn’t just for kids.
3. Don’t worry about the small stuff. So what if you forgot the chocolate chips in the cookies, or didn’t put a bow on all of the presents. Nobody will notice, and if anyone does, they probably don’t care – they are happy that you took the time and effort to make something nice. If you start to worry about the little things, stop and look at the big picture – whether it’s everyone in your extended family coming together, or the look on someone’s face when they open up the gift you got them. Cookies can be eaten with or without chips (just add frosting and sprinkles), and gifts don’t have to have bows.
4. Eat Dessert! I love dessert, especially pie and ice cream – both of which are abundant at holiday celebrations. Many of us worry about how that slice of pie or extra scoop of ice cream will effect our waistlines, stressing about overeating. I say don’t worry about it and enjoy it. Savor the pecan pie your grandma makes or the pumpkin pie that your mom only fixes at the holidays. if it’s something you love, eat it and enjoy every bite, without worrying about going overboard.
Don’t let the frenzy of the holiday sress you out. Take a step back to enjoy the time with your family, the lit trees and houses, and the smell of warm spices wafting from your kitchen. Whether you do this by medidating, eating dessert by the tree, or rocking out with your family around the TV, have fun during the holidays. They only come once a year, and regardless of what you celebrate, have a happy and stress-free holiday season.