A ‘Stress Less’ Guide To Holiday Happiness
‘Tis the season! It’s the most wonderful time of year, right!? That all depends… if you mean for getting presents, well yes, duh but for being stress-free?
Not so much.
As we gear up for way too much family time (and an equal overdose of high-carb-but-oh-so-good food) the girls and I huddled around the conference table as we came up with these GG Tips on how you can prep yourself before the chaos begins.
Scroll and troll our list below:
- BE SELFISH. Just because you have priorities does not make you self-absorbed. Skip the guilt and make a clear list of YOUR to-do’s. THIS should be a proority… at least before your third cousin removed starts inviting herself to stay with you for an extended vaca.
- NO is a word. Don’t be the people pleaser by yes’ing everyone and only no’ing youself. This seldom time of year brings with it one or two days off from work which can either be wildly refreshing or exhausting. The choice is yours.
- SET BOUNDARIES. Bask in the awkwardness of silence if that family member who always asks inappropriate questions catches you off guard. You are not expected to answer anything that makes you uncomfortable. Some people like to plan ahead of time anticipating what wildly inapropriate intrusion said famoly member may ask them but, I say, sometimes straight up silence is the way to go.
- BE PRESENT & TAKE A BREATH. No, I don’t mean be the present. Literally, if you enjoy meditating or breathing techniques, more power to you. But what we are referring to is more so of “take a chill pill” approach. Try to enjoy the moment (no phone!!) and savor every (positive/ beautiful) moment you can. Or, you could always practice our ‘don’t give a sh*&’ tips, which you can read all about here.
- BE REAL. The holidays can also bring memories and grief of a lost one. Whether it is to a journal or a loved one, letting your guard down and sharing your emotions with someone you trust abd love can actually be a truly beautiful way to bond and to release any emotions you have bottled up.