If you are a student, teacher or parent, you know that along with holiday cheer, December is also full of holiday stress! It is a time of deadlines, exams, report cards, budget stretching and family expectations. Wondering how to beat the holiday stressors before they beat you?
Here are the best tips to get you through the holidays in top form.
- Create some magic for your kids this holiday season by spending time together. Trust me – the magic will rub off on you too. Bundle up in your warmest gear and go tobogganing, and then come home to steamy mugs of hot chocolate. If the weather outside is frightful, head to the local pool instead. Staying active will release endorphins and endocannabinoids in the brain which alleviate stress and help prevent depression and anxiety.
- Consider a family ‘experience’ gift like a season’s pass to a gallery or museum or a snowboarding trip. The memories you make will last forever!
- If you are hosting holiday get-togethers, meal planning in advance will help things run smoothly. Consider using Pinterest for recipe inspiration, but remember that everything does not need to be perfect. It is the time together everyone will remember, and opening your home to those you love is a wonderful gift.
- Don’t let family expectations compound your exam stress. What everyone really wants is for you to do well in school and be happy and healthy. Set a study schedule and stick to it, and you will do just fine!
- Take study breaks with friends and head to the athletic centre, but don’t head to the pub just yet. Wait to celebrate once your projects and exams are done.
- Do have a few treats, but don’t let your study sessions turn into one long sugar and caffeine rush. You will feel less stressed, and get more sleep if you get some work done each day rather than leaving it all to the night before. Studies show that students who feel stressed and don’t get enough sleep do worse on exams.
- As for shopping, if your budget is tight and you are not sure what to get everyone on your list, use your phone to make them a personal photo collage, video or dubsmash. It won’t take long, plus it will bring a smile to your Grandma’s face. She will love knowing you are thinking of her!
- You may have piles of marking to do, and report cards to write – break it up by completing ten, and then take a break to do something else. Try to get some done every day, and soon the pile will be finished.
- Same rules apply to you as above i.e. sugar and caffeine. Instead, reward yourself with some self-care, like a restorative yoga class. These classes are gentle and soothing and give you all the benefits you would get from a massage, for a bargain price.
Make this holiday season the best ever by focusing on the joy and taking time for those you love.