The holidays can be merry and bright, but they can just as easily be overwhelming and exhausting. If you find yourself relating more with the later there’s nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, a clear majority of those preparing for holiday festivities will struggle with stress. How am I going to afford to get everyone what they want? Will the family get along this year? How can I host the best holiday party of the year? Why am I not happy? Whatever may be behind the stress you find yourself feeling this holiday season there are helpful tips to implement so that you can breathe a little easier and enjoy the season.
Money is the most frequent cause of stress during the holidays and the best way to combat this stressor is by setting a reasonable budget for everyone you’re getting gifts for. Implementing a spending limit will make you to slow down and think about what the person would really enjoy and use, rather than just buying something off their Christmas List.
There is no such thing as a perfect family and family dysfunction is inevitable – but it is how we work through that dysfunction that matters. Allow yourself to walk away from upsetting conversations and give yourself permission to be alone to decompress and relax. Refocus on the reason for the season and take time to be grateful for the family and friends you do get to see. Embrace the dysfunction the best you can and within your own limits.
Perfection is impossible to achieve, and as long as we hold ourselves to unrealistic standards we will continue to feel overwhelmed with stress. Accept our imperfect party hosting techniques and practice letting go of controlling the entire event. It’s okay to not be able to make it to every holiday party and it is okay if you are unable to see the number of people you were hoping to. Do your best to refocus your mind on the present moment. This will allow you to enjoy being around the loved ones you are able to see and the events you are able to attend or host.
During this time of year, it can be easy to forget about our regular routines even though they are essential to maintaining adequate self-care. Continue eating healthy so that you can enjoy all the holiday sweats without feeling too guilty. Get a good amount of sleep so that you can keep up with the festivities of the season. We have to take care of ourselves so that we can put our best selves forward to our family and friends.
For everyone out there feeling like the weight of the world is on your shoulders this holiday season, take a deep breath and know you’re not alone. If you find yourself unable to cope through the season on your own know that there is no harm in asking for help. Help can come in the form of a trusted family member, friend, or even a therapist. Being brave enough to seek help is just another form of self-care and it is a way to prove to yourself that you do deserve happiness and you’re strong enough to fight for it.
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Author: Megan Carry
Marketing & Creative Manager at Cherish Local
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810 CrossFit is not only here to help inspire us to make a positive change in our own lives, but they better themselves by building up the community they call home. On Tuesday, August 29 they were a stop for the Grand Blanc Staff Positivity Project and they gave the 200+ GB teachers and administrators a lesson on Prudence, the ability to govern and discipline oneself. The gym's only rule is that everyone brings their "A-game" to every workout making this a perfect place to teach GB staffers about prudence.
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It will always be easier to pick up some fast food or munch on our favorite junk foods, but if we do this on a regular basis we are doing our bodies a tremendous disservice. Eating the right foods is much more than a matter of weight. Nutrition impacts every part of our bodies from the functionality of our organs, the effectiveness of our immune system, and even our brains to name a few.
With back to school upon us how can we ensure that we are feeding our families right? The Whole Foods Market has plenty of suggestions, and a fun activity to do with younger children is to plan meals using the ABCs of Vitamins! Vitamin A is essential for growth, development and a healthy immune system; Vitamin B is needed for energy, brain function, and stress management; Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant and is crucial for immune and brain function; Vitamin D is necessary in bone development and growth can be impaired when this is lacking.
For preschool through preteens it is important for parents and caregivers to model positive habits (ie practice what you preach). When going out to eat choose a healthy side for your meal because that behavior can promote a similar one with children. Trying to make sure every bite your child gets is dense with nutrients is harder said than done but there are plenty of tips available. Limiting access to junk food while providing them with alternatives that are still sweet is a great place to start. Avoid watching television while eating as this can easily lead to mindlessly eating and thus overeating. Plan ahead and stock up on healthy snacks for your kids at the grocery store and also choose whole grain options over those with refined grains.
As much as teens will state otherwise, they are still in need of your guidance as a parent. What is essential though is that the parent explains the benefits of eating right effectively and in a way their teen will understand. The teenage years can be a very stressful time, and we have all been there. This is where early practice of the ABCs of Vitamins will become useful – remember how Vitamin B aids in stress management. Teenagers need more Vitamin C, calcium and iron than adults because of the changes their bodies and brains are going through. Vitamin D, magnesium, and calcium are also needed for bone support.
Lastly, it is important to state that no matter how great of a diet we maintain we still need physical activity. So while we try and model healthy eating habits for our kids and teenagers we also need to encourage them to be active while doing so ourselves.
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