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Managing Holiday Stress

Holiday Mini 2020

Remember last holiday season when we thought we were stressed? hahahaha. That was so cute. This time in 2019 we had no idea that in 12 short months we'd be homeschooling our kids, working between NTI breaks, wearing masks everywhere we went, and concerned for the state of the world on top of all the "normal" holiday stress. But, here we are.

Thinking about the next few months makes us uneasy. We're worried about our health and the health of the ones we love. We're worried about our kids and how we can make this holiday season just as special for them as the rest. We're worried about finances and what next year will hold. And we don't have all the answers... but we do have a plan. We have a plan to help us cope with the stress that the upcoming weeks will bring. 5 simple steps we plan to take daily to make our lives feel just a little bit lighter.

Write down 3 goals for the day. Max three -- no more. If your list is too long, you’ll feel overwhelmed. These are things that are the most important that you get done today. Note: we approach decision-fatigue as the day progresses so try to get them done before 3pm.

Turn off notifications on your phone. Set all alerts to OFF (text dings, email inbox, social media notifications). This includes on your watch as well! If it’s urgent, you’ll get a phone call.

Meditate. Yes, we know; you either meditate regularly or you have tried and can’t get into it. Whichever category you are in, we have an app for you to try this week. This award winning app is customized just for you and we are totally obsessed with it. It’s called Ten Percent Happier and it’s users boast better sleep, more mindfulness, improved relationships, and yes, becoming just about ten percent happier. Included within the app are guided meditations, videos, brief talks, and sleep content will help you build (or boost) your meditation practice, and stick with it.

Streamline daily housework. Breaking up daunting chores into short bursts can make them feel more manageable. Set a timer and spend 15 minutes picking up the house (run enough stairs and you can count it as your bonus cardio for the day). Set another timer and spend 15 minutes prepping lunches and snacks for the next day. Run the dishwasher every night before you head to bed, and empty it every morning. If you have a robot vacuum, make sure to set it to run each day or give your main living area floors a quick sweep using a microfiber broom. A few minutes of housework a day can help declutter your home and also your mind!

Laugh. It’s hard to feel anxious when you’re laughing. It relieves your stress response and relieves tension by relaxing your muscles. In the long term, laughter can also help improve your immune system and mood.

Try watching a funny TV show, text a friend who always makes you laugh or find an instagram account you can visit that cracks you up. Some of our faves?: Betches, No Chaser, and The Tinder Blog are sure to deliver an immediate grin.