Feeling the holiday season yet? By that, we mean all of the emotions that can come with it. Excitement, anticipation, those warm and fuzzy feelings. Depression, stress, anxiety, and a sense of isolation.
Christmas time can be stressful because it comes with such high expectations, a lot of which simply cannot be met unless you've already mastered the art of coping with holiday pressures.
If you find yourself becoming overwhelmed by all the things that you're expected to do, say, buy, and give, then you just may find the help you need with the following tips on how to cope with Christmas stress:
Christmas doesn't have to be perfect. Nothing is ever perfect. Don't feel defeated by the fact that your family doesn't fit the image of the ideal family at Christmas. Just because the traditions and rituals that you cherish may need to be modified, it doesn't mean that Christmas must be canceled. We are all at various points of our personal growth, all of which may require some changes in our lifestyle and priorities. Sometimes that can mean being away from family during the holiday season.
Once you have accepted your own set of realities, it's now time to explore the possibilities of what will allow you to celebrate the holidays without having to wrestle with Christmas stress. Modern technology has made many a thing possible today. For example, if your loved ones can't be with you in real life this Christmas, there is an alternative. A video call is the next best thing to having your loved ones with you. This way, you're still able to celebrate with one another despite the separation from each other.
Acknowledge what and how you're feeling.
Your personal circumstances, as well as your emotional and mental state as a result of those circumstances, cannot be ignored, nor should they. It's normal to feel sad, angry, or exhausted.
If someone close to you has recently passed away, or if you can't be with loved ones for any other reason, realize that it's normal to feel sadness and grief. It's ok to take time to cry and express your feelings. You can't force yourself to be happy just because it's the holiday season.
Say no if you have to.
Just because it's the season of giving doesn't mean you have to say yes to everything. Besides, if you force yourself to say yes, it could leave you feeling overwhelmed and eventually resentful. Friends and relatives will understand if you can't be there for every lunch, dinner, and so on.
Set a budget and prepare a sensible shopping list.
If you think about it, chances are that you'll find that most of your Christmas stress is in huge part caused by financial pressures. If you insist on getting something that's out of your budget, you will more than likely end up getting stressed out over it. Stick to your budget, and make the potentially difficult adjustments in your finances if necessary.
Allow yourself some leeway to indulge, but don't overdo it.
If you ever needed a reason to relax your personal rules, especially when it comes to food, drinks, and going out (and potentially disrupting your normal sleep schedule), the holiday season is definitely one of them. However, don't let the festivities get too carried away. Overindulgence can lead to guilt, and that too will ultimately stress you out.
How about going natural and organic? Try to get as many natural and organic ingredients into your holiday meals. While you serve up or help yourself to your favorite Christmas dinner staples, like honey-glazed ham, turkey, ribeye steak, and mashed potatoes with gravy, you can also pile up on organic salads and appetizers.
It also helps to avoid overeating by having a light, healthy snack before holiday meals, whether you're a guest at someone's party, meeting friends and family at a restaurant, or you're hosting.
Don't slack off on your workout and exercise.
With all the running around during the holidays, you will no doubt be in constant motion. You'll more than likely be juggling work, going shopping, attending parties, and catching up with friends and loved ones. So it's understandable that you may miss a few days on your workout/exercise regimen. Just don't slack off too much to the point of feeling like you're starting all over again.
Don't forget to take a breather.
When you start to feel ragged, take a timeout. In fact, it's better to not wait until you start to feel stressed. Taking a breather will give you a chance to clear your mind and rest your body, and also give yourself time to regroup.
Here are some of the most simple and effective things you can do to catch that breath:
- Soak in a nice warm bath.
- Take a nap (our favorite).
- Take a calming walk.
- Listen to soothing music.
- Read a book.
Try some CBD.
Speaking of all-natural and organic, CBD is great for staying chill throughout the holidays. If you've been using CBD for a while now, be sure to stock up on supplies as it will definitely come in handy during the holiday season. Now is a great time to pick up some CBD products, and not just for you, but to give as gifts to curious friends and family as well.
You can help ease them into the world of cannabidiol with a gift. It can be CBD vape juice for those who are into vaping, or a bottle of CBD oil for those who love smoothies, coffee, or tea. CBD oil is also perfect for those who love to cook or bake since CBD oil can easily be added to salad dressings, gravies, sauces, as well as cookie and cake batters.
If you're a big CBD enthusiast, then you can organize a CBD party for your fellow CBD-loving friends, where you can just chill for a few hours together. Both the relaxing properties of cannabidiol and the company of like-minded people are a great combination to help deal with Christmas stress.
If you're just starting to use cannabidiol, go ahead and explore our different CBD products, and see which ones might work best for you. If you vape, then definitely give our vape juices a try. If you enjoy a full range of cannabinoids and terpenes, our Full Spectrum CBD Vape Juice is your best option. But if you want zero tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and its psychoactive properties, you can opt for our 99%+ Pure CBD Vape Juice.
You will also love how discreet and easy to use our CBD topicals are, whether it's our CBD Salve or our Lip and Body Balm. We also have CBD Tattoo After Care Salve if you've just gotten inked or are thinking of getting some work done.
All of our full spectrum and pure CBD oils are easy to use and versatile. And by versatile we mean that they are also pet-friendly! So if you know someone who may have an anxious cat or dog, some CBD oil might just be the perfect gift for them.
And if you want your CBD to be absolutely THC-free, you can then choose from our amazing CBD Isolates: CBD Isolate Powder, CBD Isolate Slab, and CBD terpsolate Slab.
Christmas and the holidays are a festive season, but being festive doesn't have to be stressful. Don't worry if it isn't perfect because nothing is ever perfect, remember? Instead, focus on the ways that you can celebrate with loved ones without being knocked down and out by all the stress that comes with this time of year.
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!