While the holidays are often associated with the craziness of shopping, and the stress of being around family, the holiday break can also be a great time to relax and recharge as we head into a New Year.
Of course getting time to concentrate on yourself isn’t always easy, but there are some things you can do that will maximize your holiday break. Jane Ehrman, a behavioral health specialist at the Wellness Institute of Cleveland Clinic, has a few tips on how to get the most of your holiday time off and they include:
- Focus on gratitude, goodness and generosity – Ehrman suggests focusing on the good during the holidays can help relieve some of the stress, especially after the past year. She says it’s a good time to express gratitude for the good things in your life, possibly by keeping a journal to write down what you’re grateful for. She also suggests helping others, and not necessarily financially, to help improve your mood.
- Slow down and disconnect – Use the holidays to spend time with loved ones, or even take a walk or sleep late. Also, disconnect from social media distractions, and take a break from your smartphone, interacting with people face to face rather than via the web.
- Allow your real feelings – Not everyone is happy over the holidays, and that’s okay. It’s a good thing to allow yourself to be sad if the holidays remind you of a lost loved one or if you feel lonely. If you’re not in a happy mood it’s okay to skip that holiday party. It’s better to focus on yourself and allow you to really feel what you are feeling.
- Make New Year’s resolutions attainable – We all know it’s easy to give up on New Year’s resolutions, especially if they seem completely out of reach. It’s easier to stick to your resolution if you make it realistic, attainable and measurable.
- Alone time is important – While the holidays are usually about family and friends, it’s okay to take some of that time to make it about yourself, and spend some time on your own, with Ehrman noting, “Alone time is really high-quality time.”
Source: CBS News