Baking, shopping, decorating and a packed social calendar should make the holidays feel merry and bright — so why are you feeling more overwhelmed than ever?
With the extra hustle and bustle of the holiday season, you're probably dealing with higher levels of stress. While juggling so many to-dos, it's easy to turn into a Scrooge. Before you start saying "bah humbug," consider these five simple ways for avoiding holiday burnout so you can fully enjoy the magic of the season.
1. Share the joy (aka work)
Envious that Santa has all those elves to help out? If you have a to-do list a mile long and are feeling anxious about getting everything done, it's time to call in your crew. Talk to your partner, children, parents and friends about assisting in various holiday activities, such as meal prep or carting the kids to various holiday events. You can't do it all and you shouldn't. There's no shame in asking for help.
2. It's OK to say no
Did you just get invited to your third neighborhood potluck party? If you're feeling busy and need time for other things, say no. Everyone realizes the holidays are hectic, so declining an invitation politely is perfectly acceptable. It's essential to prioritize so you can focus on what is most important. Don't let the little extras overwhelm you to the point of losing your holiday spirit. If you're feeling guilty declining an offer, simply say you're very busy this time of year and would love to get together when things settle after the new year.
3. Take a cookie break
'Tis the season for giving, but that doesn't mean you have to give 100 percent of your time to other people. It's important to make time for yourself so you can truly enjoy this special time of year. Make it a line item on your to-do list or add it to your calendar if you must. Even just 15 minutes to relax with a cup of tea and some holiday tunes can do wonders for your mental well-being (holiday cookies are optional, of course).
4. Sleep tight each night
The children are nestled all snug in their beds, but you're up late wrapping gifts, sending out cards and frantically planning for out-of-town guests. Stop! Sleep is one of the best ways to ensure you have productive days, so if you stay up late now, you'll suffer for it tomorrow. Plus, too many late nights compound and have a huge impact on your stress levels. Stay merry by maintaining a regular bedtime and strive for at least seven hours of sleep each night.
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Women are often the fearless leaders of the holidays, doing everything from baking to wrapping to hosting a multi-course meal for 20. If you're having trouble sleeping, feeling moody, or tired, this can feel even more stressful. Keep a steady mind and give your body what it needs to thrive with Femarelle, a line of targeted supplement formulas to support women in each stage of estrogen decline, before, during and after menopause.
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