It’s been a rough year, and, chances are, the holidays are going to look a little bit different for you this year. Even if you’re not holding big parties or get togethers, it can still be a stressful time of year. Here are some tips for decompressing after the holidays and the year in general.
TURN OFF ELECTRONICS EARLY
Set a ‘bedtime’ for your phone and other electronics. Instead of endlessly scrolling before bed, do something to help prepare your mind for bed, such as reading a book or taking a warm bath, Not only will this help you relax, but limiting your blue light exposure before bed can help make it easier to go to sleep.
TAKE DEEP BREATHS
Even in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you can take time to take some deep breaths to help center yourself and calm down. Check out YouTube that may provide guides for breathing or meditation if you aren’t sure where to start.
START A NIGHTTIME ROUTINE
If you don’t have one already, starting a bedtime routine can help you simplify your nightly schedule, leading to less stress. Following this routine regularly will help your mind and body know that its time for bed and to prepare accordingly.
Sometimes, just living in the moment and taking in your surroundings can help you focus on the good by remembering what is most important. Show gratitude and love to those you are around and reach out in a safe way to those who you aren't able this see this holiday seaon.