How to stay calm in a hectic lifestyle

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.
But hey, no pressure.
December is probably also one of the most expensive months.

ANYONE could stress out or get annoyed!


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.

Keep organized

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 sheetsΒ 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! πŸ™‚
Please also share your tips!





17 thoughts on “How to stay calm in a hectic lifestyle

  1. Such great advice. The older I get the more I get comfortable with saying no. You get a no! And you get a no! Evvvverrrybody gets a no because life is too short for obligation!

  2. So true. You might no the film “yes man” with Jim Carrey? And we will always be told to be open minded. But how about no? πŸ˜‰

  3. Yes! I saw that movie and was inspired to walk home from the theatre when I missed my bus. It was in the next city over. In the snow. It was a bad idea πŸ˜‚

  4. Haha. Well thank you “yes man”. You thought you find the love of tour life or the winning lottery ticket, but all you got was soar feet and a cold probably πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘

  5. I saw a couple of hookers fighting from opposing corners so there was that! But yes mostly sore feet and cold AT πŸ˜‚

  6. Really good tips. I struggle with anxiety and always try to find new ways to incorporate self care. I like what you said about your diet, eating good foods is so important. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  7. Thank you!
    I have noticed that good preparation can reduce my anxiety! I wish I could live my life a bit more spontaneously, but that’s not the type of lifestyle for me.
    Glad to hear the post helped! πŸ™‚

  8. Love all of these tips! Having a super busy schedule myself, I sometimes find myself going over my to-do list in my head or stressing about exams while at work. Meditation had really helped me stay present. When I’m living in the moment, I am able to fully focus on what I’m doing, which in turn increases my productivity and reduces stress levels. Thanks for sharing!

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