December can be a hectic month. Not only you have to look the best, cook the best dinner, finish off essentials at work and buy the best presents.
December is probably also one of the most expensive months.
ANYONE could stress out!
But it’s not like the rest of the week is a holiday either! Stress can hit you anytime.
I am not necessarily the best example of “calmness”, but I am working on it.
Allow me to share some of my discoveries:
Take care of your diet
I am not talking about weight. That’s hard enough!
But there are things you can do to keep you digestion system healthy.
Nothing is more annoying than a bloating feeling or not being able to have a regular “number 2”.
There are many websites dedicated to this topic, but I have never seen the only thing that always works for me. So I’m going to share:
The magic word. Just boil it for 15-20 minutes and hopefully it will give you the same effect as it does to me.
Probably one of the most important thing. Estimate how much you can handle in a week. Try to be flexible, but also dare to say NO.
It’s not fair if people pull you into last minute tasks or meetings.
Don’t try to pressure people either into these occasions.
Most stressful situations can be prevented by good planning.
To do lists and priority lists are a great tool too, as well as clear communication.
Accept the situation
Stuck in traffic?
Bad hair day?
Your favorite chewing gum is sold out?
My dad always said “You can bang your head against the wall, but it won’t change the situation. You can only make it worse”.
It is in fact true. No need to blame yourself.
Breathe. Accept. Continue.
When you have a busy life, you might be behind on house hold tasks.
When I look at my closet, I get immediate stress.
I don’t fold, I just throw it in.
Which also makes the clothes looked terrible on me.
I lost my credit card for the second this month too.
And don’t get me started on the paperwork.
For a structured person like me, this is stressful. This weekend it’s cleaning up time!
Sleep & pamper yourself
I usually feel much better after a relaxing bath or shower.
I am not ashamed to say that I am using a little more expensive products to pamper myself: bathbombs, high quality shampoo’s, hair and face masks.
As for sleep, I can basically fall asleep anywhere. However, fresh sheets and a good temperature in the room can really help with a good night of sleep.
Good luck everyone with staying during December, but also for the rest of the year! 🙂
Please also share your tips!