The blessings of November are filled with anticipation of the coming holidays where family and friends gather to celebrate the season. It’s also the beginning of stress over getting everything done during the busy holidays. Here are five proven ways that you can use to reduce your holiday stress.
Hire a cleaning company to make your home sparkle
What a relief it is for our clients when we are blessed with the task of keeping their homes clean during the holidays. This is one less stressor taken away so that family and friends are the priority thus providing more opportunities for building happy memories. This relief seems to double during the holidays when there are so many other obligations like traveling, cooking, entertaining, but all with the hopeful goal of giving thanks for provisions, family, friends and country. This is the perfect time to let a professional cleaning company like Maid in America take a huge part of your stress away to clean your home. We can’t do the cooking for your Thanksgiving dinner, but we can make sure that your home is sparkling clean and ready for guests.
Get some exercise
One of the best ways to reduce your stress during the holidays is to keep getting regular exercise. Physical activity can elevate your mood in addition to boosting your fitness and energy levels. Even though you might feel pressed for time during the holidays, be sure that you carve out an hour or so to stay active by taking a daily walk or hitting your gym or doing a little home yoga. Check out free apps for virtual exercise. One of my favs is “Workout Women”.
Eat good food
It becomes harder during the holidays to stay away from sugary temptations since everyone seems to have a plate of holiday treats wherever you go. Whether it’s leftover Halloween candy or someone testing out a new brownie recipe for the upcoming holiday party, you’re sure to be battling your sweet tooth’s cravings a lot more. In order to keep your energy levels high, try to eat less of these sugary treats and instead fill up on healthy fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, beans, seeds, and nuts. I actually leave bowls of healthy treats open to view from the kitchen like nuts or baby carrots. Take a few polite bites of the goodies that people offer but don’t feel obligated to indulge too much.
Take time for yourself
The holidays are notorious for not giving you a moment alone to cope with your stress, but it’s critical that you make time to relax. Try to squeeze at least a fifteen minute break into your day where you clear your head and do some deep breathing. Morning is a great time to start the day with aromatherapy, meditative music or positive affirmations. For an even bigger treat try a little splurge for a massage or a spa day, just a little something to take the focus off your to-do list for an hour or so.
Doing something nice for someone else has a boomerang effect in making us feel good, too. During the holidays, one of the best ways to combat stress is to be generous with your family, friends, co-workers, and strangers. And being generous doesn’t mean spending a lot of money—generously offer to help with tasks and errands, give compliments, write cards, donate your time to a volunteer organization. I’m a little bias, but a gift card for a free cleaning is the perfect gift of love! Generosity comes with a ton of advantages, both to the person doing the giving and those on the receiving end. During Covid times you may know of a family struggling or a pastor’s family more stressed with so many restriction. Consider a special gift that they will never forget… give them a Maid for a Day!
We hope these tips help you to have a low stress holiday season. And if you need someone to help out with the cleaning, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 770-427-4447. We’re ready to bless your home with lots of sparkle.