Know your boundaries. Stand by them lovingly.
Don’t forget to take time for yourself and if possible, maintain some normalcy by continuing your regular routine. With the many activities and competing priorities of the holiday season it’s easy to slide into someone else’s schedule for your life instead of your own.
Also, we can probably all attest to the fact that even the most wonderful of families love to test your boundaries. There’s always going to be an “Aunt Edna” asking about your relationship status or some other topic you may not be inclined to discuss over the dinner table. Find ways to graciously communicate what you are and are not comfortable discussing. It may be as simple as finding a standard response to those types of questions and a great conversational redirect.
Prioritize exercise and sleep, keep them essential.
Physical activity is key in reducing stress and it also improves mood and concentration and combats depression. Even a simple 10 minute walk a day can brighten your day and leave you feeling energized for whatever to do list you might have in front of you. On top of that, we all know how ‘wonderful” we can be when we don’t have enough sleep. Give yourself a chance to be your best self and get the sleep your body needs.