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Re: SLOW-MO GR: Coping with holiday stress (14th to 18th of December)

Coping with stress during the holidays looks a little different than my everyday strategies. This is mostly because I am back living with my family over this time rather than in student accomodation. On one hand, being around my family is a stress reliever and on the other it's a stressor in itself, which I think is only natural.

Its difficult for me to be out of my regular routine. So, as self-care, I've been trying to stick to a routine as much as possible. Waking up/going to sleep at the same time, going for walks, making nourishing home-cooked meals. 

But most of all I've been trying to not feel pressure to be productive 24/7 after all this is the time when we should all have a chance to RELAX (no guilt attached!)

 

holiday self care ideas:

-night drives (xmas light looking)

-hot chocolates (extra marshmallows ofc)

-comforting childhood movies

-reconnecting with old friends (can you tell i'm extra nostalgic in the holidays)

 

take care everyone x

Re: SLOW-MO GR: Coping with holiday stress (14th to 18th of December)

Hey @buildingforbetterment , thanks so much for sharing that - it's so true that family dynamics can be different and a bit stressful over the holidays, especially when you're not used to living together and you're out of your everyday routine. And I LOVE what you say about not feeling hte pressure about being constantly productive, it's so important to be able to give yourself permission to rest!! 

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Re: SLOW-MO GR: Coping with holiday stress (14th to 18th of December)

Hey @Lost_Space_Explorer5 totally get that holidays making fam relationships feel quite strained, there is this super intense pressure that just magically comes with this time of year! And I really relate to that pressure of getting gifts and worrying if my gift will be good enough then I end up spending so much money and not even really being into the gifts anyway. 

I really like that you used that Michael Scott gif and highlighted how people show their care in lots of ways, I think that is super worth remembering <3 

Re: SLOW-MO GR: Coping with holiday stress (14th to 18th of December)

What are some strategies you will use to cope with stress during the festive season? Do you have any holiday-specific self-care ideas?

For me, one of the most stressful things is probably visiting extended family. Don't get me wrong, I love them all very much, but ... socialising isn't a strength of mine. To help me get through it, I use strategies I would use with other social situations: take a few breaths if needed, make sure I treat myself to some self-care to lift my spirits, etc. 

I don't really have any holiday-specific self-care ideas, tbh. I just indulge in the same things I usually do, such as watching tv shows and relaxing. This might be because I don't celebrate xmas, but counting down to the new year always gets me excited. I guess participating in festive activities is in itself a holiday-specific self-care idea, but that's just what I enjoy. I think if you want to keep doing the same self-care tricks during the holiday season, that's totally fine!

Re: SLOW-MO GR: Coping with holiday stress (14th to 18th of December)

What are some strategies you will use to cope with stress during the festive season? Do you have any holiday-specific self-care ideas?

I think just taking breaks from things that I notice are stressing me, making sure I do something I enjoy each day, keeping up with the basics (sleep, exercise, healthy eating, socialising)

 

As for holiday specific, maybe not buying too much stuff and taking time to connect with family and friends

 

Re: SLOW-MO GR: Coping with holiday stress (14th to 18th of December)

Hey everyone! It's time for today's questions! I hope you are all going okay Smiley Happy

 

Do you think there is any pressure to feel a certain way during the holidays, or at the start of a new year? What would a helpful approach to these pressures look like?

 

Re: SLOW-MO GR: Coping with holiday stress (14th to 18th of December)

@Lost_Space_Explorer5  I absolutely agree! It can definitely feel quite pressuring to be involved in everything and show up in ways that use up your energy and take away from your downtime, so it is super important to recognise what you need during this time too. Maybe writing a weekly plan of self-care tasks you want to complete that you know make you feel good, and slotting them in between family gatherings or shopping for example. I definitely vouch for including normal routines into the festive season to steer clear from overwhelm.  

Ooo sleep, exercise and healthy eating grab my attention for sure!!!

Re: SLOW-MO GR: Coping with holiday stress (14th to 18th of December)

It's time for our final questions! Thank you so much for joining this GR Smiley Happy Feel free to reply to any of the questions after this week though, there's no time limit!

 

What are some important lessons you have learnt about looking after yourself during the holidays? This might be from your own experiences, something you've heard about, etc. Do you have advice for others in how they might maintain some boundaries?

 

Re: SLOW-MO GR: Coping with holiday stress (14th to 18th of December)

I've learnt that how you spend your holidays is up to you. If you want a break from socializing and want some alone time, that's fine. If you want to volunteer, that's fine. Whatever you feel like doing, feel free to do it! Setting clear boundaries is a great way to ensure you spend your holidays how you want. I'll put a link to a discussion about boundaries, hopefully this will be useful to anyone who needs it: https://forums.au.reachout.com/t5/Everyday-life-stuff/Setting-Boundaries-Special-Discussion/td-p/390... 

Re: SLOW-MO GR: Coping with holiday stress (14th to 18th of December)

What are some important lessons you have learnt about looking after yourself during the holidays? This might be from your own experiences, something you've heard about, etc. Do you have advice for others in how they might maintain some boundaries?

 

This is a V good Q! And thanks for linking that chat @featuringme <3 

 

I have found that I definitely need breaks to just be by myself and chill during the holidays. When I go away to see fam I will go and have a nap or go read to replenish my soul, and actively do not feel bad or guilty for doing this. So I guess my advice would be - take time for yourself and don't feel bad about it! It's ok to need a break from other humans, and we all deserve to have this need respected.