Undoubtedly, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. However, the days leading up to it can also be stressful and lonely. Sure, spending time with loved ones is so great and it feels so good. But, all the parties, the decorating, the shopping, and the questions from aunts and uncles about when you’re getting married, having children, and/or settling down can get overwhelming. Personally, I end up sitting in a corner feeling emotionally drained.
3 Ways To Avoid Getting Emotionally Drained During The Holidays
Keep doing the things on your daily routine.
A routine leads to a better stress level where you can have more time to relax and experience less anxiety. Going routine-less usually often means having the constant worry of being behind schedule and going for quick and unhealthy substitutes. When it comes to your consistent daily routine, make a list of the non-negotiable which should include the things that keep you from getting stressed out. Does meditation at a certain time make you feel calmer? Does a strict 10:30 PM bedtime make you feel like yourself the next day? Whatever the most important part of your daily routine is, make sure to stick to it.
Do not forget to recharge.
Even if you’re huge on socializing, we all need alone time to recharge. This way, you can have time to gain energy and find peace. For one night, you can turn off all social media accounts and just take a relaxing time for yourself. If you feel like you’re starting to dread something on your calendar, push it back and get some rest instead.
Eat, drink, and celebrate at your own pace.
The mind and body are connected. Giving yourself proper nourishment is important and mindful eating is key. However, the guilt that you put on yourself would be worse for your body than any lechon or crispy pata could be. Surely, there will be indulgences this holiday season, and you shouldn’t feel guilty for sipping some alcoholic drink or having a slice or two of your favorite cake. Enjoy the “worth-it moments” that brings you closer to loved ones. Eat, drink, and celebrate at your own pace. Stop eating when you’re no longer hungry and don’t forget to add some leafy greens on your plate.
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Angela Grace P. Baltan has been writing professionally since 2017. She doesn’t hesitate to be opinionated in analyzing movies and television series. Aside from that, she has an affinity for writing anything under the sun. As a writer, she uses her articles to advocate for feminism, gender equality, the LGBTQIA+ community, and mental health among others.