With the holidays around the corner many people are starting to scramble in order to get their family or holiday dinners ready. In addition, people have started buying presents in order to “get ahead of the game”. I found myself thinking the other day, why do people stress so much when this is supposed to be an exciting relaxing time. I came to this conclusion; in my personal life, I find myself stressing because my workload at school has increased dramatically the week before Thanksgiving. It seemed like every teacher assigned something to my classes. I’m sure this was planned with the best intentions, to get the work done now so you can enjoy the holiday. I am also sure I will really appreciate this in the long run when finals come around and all my work is finished, but boy! What a week it has been!
After finishing my last swim practice before being released to go home, I still had a project to finish and a presentation to give. In addition, I have one last class to attend. It seems like it has been non-stop this week with very little sleep. So what am I doing to make sure I will maximize my “down time” for this short holiday weekend? I am going to make sure I do four things (at the least):
- Focus on what the holiday is meant for. I have realized this is a time to be with friends, family, and loved ones to give thanks. I am extremely blessed and need to remember that.
- Plan my school work. I have decided to not do ANY school work tomorrow (Thanksgiving) and to take the day just to relax and have fun. I have set aside today and Friday for school work and any stressful things I might need to take care of. I strongly recommend setting aside days to do your “chores” that way you know you will do them and you can enjoy the holiday.
- Work-Out: Working out has shown to be a stress reliever. In addition, this is the time of year people tend to gain their “holiday weight”. It is really important to maintain your health through out the holidays. Plus, working out makes you feel better about yourself which corresponds to a healthy life, in my opinion.
- Do something for me: With my busy schedule between swimming and school I have found it hard to find time for me. This is a perfect opportunity for me to do to this. I have not decided whether I am going to take myself shopping (something I really enjoy) or go get my nails done. What ever you choose to do, make sure it is something you enjoy and take advantage of your time!!
Holidays can be extremely stressful between families coming together, getting everything done in time, and personal obligations. It is important to take sometime to relax. Relaxing means different things for each person, but make sure you take the time to do what ever you need to do to let go of some of that holiday stress! Here are some tips to having a stress free holiday season!
What are some things you do to get rid of holiday stress? Happy Thanksgiving!
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