As much as I love the Christmas holidays, they can quickly snowball from love and joy to stress and anxiety. Being with your relatives for days on end can be a tad trying, plus there’s food stress, and the pressure to be Christmassy for the duration. So I guess my question is how the hell am I going to keep my shit together over the holidays?
Thankfully I gave this a lot of thought and came up with my own personal game plan:
- I’m going to run. Or at the very least, get out of the house every day. I honestly don’t know if my physio will let me run at this point; it all depends on the progress we make with my injury. But thankfully, my family now has a puppy, and that puppy needs walking several times a day. So here’s to me and Shady, donning Christmas jumpers and going on adventures.
- I’ll try to keep balance. I’ll be eating my veggies, drinking plenty of water and limiting my alcohol intake (no small feat at my family’s house over Christmas). But if I’m being honest, veggies make me feel good, and wine makes me feel kinda bad, so it’s not a horrific scenario, all things considered.
- I’ll be indulging when I want to. As with every Christmas, there’ll be a carousel of chocolates, turkish delight, and cheeses being circulated. I won’t be beating myself up for eating them.
- I’ll be practicing gratitude. A few months ago I’d have killed to be back in the warm bosom of my family home, watching shit TV and drinking tea. And so I’ll be trying to remember this even when things do get a little hectic.
- I’ll have wifi. When all else fails, I have my own room, and I have wifi. So there’s that!
Don’t get me wrong; I don’t mean to sound at all ungrateful. I am so grateful to be able to spend Christmas with my family, my extended family, and my dog. But ya know, sometimes these things can get a bit stressful, and it’s good to have a game plan!
What’s your top tip for a stress-free holiday season?
Lots of love,