Holidays got you in a daze? It may be the merriest time of year, but it is one of the most stressful times, too. In times like these, it's important to keep several boundaries in mind, if only to keep your sanity. The holidays are meant to bring us happiness and excitement, and the last thing you need is stress in your life.
Fear not because we've got you covered! Throughout the rest of the month, keep these tips in mind for a happy and stress-free December:
#1 Keep Your Routine
Although there are endless holiday parties and holiday activities, try to keep your routine as normal as possible to reduce added stress. This includes keeping your eating routine fairly the same (you can munch on a nibble or two at the holiday party!), exercising at the same time and sleeping at a regular schedule (we can't stress this enough!).
This not only goes for the holidays, but for every day, too! Exercising keeps you healthy, and here at TheLoDown, we're all about fitness. Whether you take some time to do light yoga or go for a jog during the holiday madness, it will keep you feeling stress-free and filled with energy. So, grab your favorite sneaks and sweat it out! And while you're at it, don't forget to sign up for the SLT Giveaway for the chance to win 5 classes at SLT NYC.
#3 Take Some Time For Yourself
If you're home is full of family and friends, make sure to reserve some time for yourself. Take a walk or meditate if that's what you need to de-stress throughout the day. Sure, the holidays are about spending time with your loved ones, but you have to remember to take care of yourself throughout the day, if only to keep healthy throughout December. Lacking ideas? Get a manicure, grab a magazine or grab some brunch!
#4 No Politics at the Dinner Table!
If we didn't say this around Thanksgiving, we're going to stress this now. Screaming matches over the table over Republicans and Democrats are not memories you need to have from your holiday get togethers. You hear "Obama" at the dinner table? Talk about the amazing food in front of you. Did someone say "John Boehner?" Ask them about their favorite holiday traditions.
Are you ready for the holidays? Let us know how you're getting ready in the comments below!