Recharging Through the Holidays

While the holidays can be a wonderful time of celebration and cheer, the holidays can also be a time of year when many people feel pressure to do things that are draining or toxic. It can be a really tough time of year if you’re not careful. Here are a few tips to help you keep your sanity during the holiday season:

Give yourself permission to say no. It’s ok to not go to every Christmas party or to not buy a gift for everyone. You can also give yourself permission to say yes without feeling guilty. Maybe you really want to volunteer at the animal shelter, or spend time with elderly relatives, or take a vacation.   Whatever it is that feels right for you financially and emotionally is exactly what you should do. Do not let guilt about money or family obligations trap you into doing things you don’t really want to do.

Set some boundaries. If spending time with family is difficult or triggering, set some boundaries ahead of time about how much time you’re willing to spend. You can also use this time to set boundaries with people who are pressuring you to spend money or time on things that are not beneficial for you.

If spending within your means is a challenge for you, it is helpful to create a budget and stick to it as closely as possible. This will help you stay within your means and avoid debt. Instead of buying people presents, donate to a charity or volunteer at a soup kitchen. Help others who are in need, it not only helps others but helping others is proven to be good for your overall well-being.

If celebrating the holidays the traditional way doesn’t feel authentic or joyous, then find another way to celebrate that works for you. Maybe that means spending time with family and friends, going on a winter hike, or simply taking some time for yourself. The most important thing is to be true to yourself and your own traditions. Take some time for yourself. Relax, read a book, take a bath, or just go for a walk. The holiday season can be stressful, so it’s important to take some time for yourself to relax and recharge.