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How I Manage Holiday Stress

The holidays are in full swing and I cannot believe it is almost Christmas! For a lot of us, this time of year can be particularly stressful. Seeing certain family members can be hard, there is often a LOT to do, and generally, it just feels overwhelming.

Through learning to manage my anxiety, I always have my go-to’s for keeping it under control and I hope these can help you too!

8 TIPS FOR LESS STRESS

DO SELF CARE

I mean, this one is such a given with me and it is the major key of all keys when it comes to coping with my anxiety. If you need somewhere to start, these are my favorite ways to practice self-care.

LEARN TO SAY NO

There are SO many events and gatherings that happen during this time of year and just know that you don’t have to attend every single one! Don’t let FOMO or the urge to be a people pleaser get in the way of your well being. Also know that you don’t have to justify why you’re saying no, be unapologetic and remember taking care of yourself is a top priority.

GET SPIRITUAL

Charge your crystals, pull some tarot cards, and burn some sage! These are some of my favorite spiritual practices that just help keep me grounded.

I always feel like a snuggle with my pets takes all my anxiety away.

GRATITUDE LISTS

Interrupt anxiety with gratitude. Make a list of 5 things that you’re grateful for when you feel super overwhelmed, I promise it will change your mood!

REMEMBER YOU AREN’T MARTHA STUART

This one really gets me! I always feel like everything has to be perfect and my home/food/entire existence needs to look like a page out of House & Garden magazine. I have to remind myself that I’m NOT Martha and I don’t need to be! Sometimes keeping it simple is the best way to go.

DON’T STRESS ABOUT THE GIFTS

Gift-giving happens to be one of my love languages, so presents are important to me! But I also know that the holidays are not about the presents. It’s about spending time with each other and showing love in other ways. It really is the thought that counts when it all comes down to it! If you’re a bit lost on what to get, I have a ton of gift guides up that will make the process a lot easier. LLG GIFT GUIDES: MEN // WOMEN // BEAUTY // SEPHORA UNDER $50// HOME & HOST // WELLNESS

SET BOUNDARIES

Seeing certain relatives can sometimes bring up a lot of emotion or just be really triggering. I always suggest using non-violent communication when it comes to setting boundaries. If you don’t know, NVC has a specific formula that helps you communicate what you need in a way that is clear. It also really helps the other person not feel attacked or blamed.

REACH OUT

For those of you who are also in eating disorder recovery, holiday food and meals can be extremely difficult. Ask for support during, before, or after a meal when you need it. I always have a few go-to people who I can text when I need a bit of encouragement or just someone to talk to.