6 Tips for Managing Your Wellbeing This Festive Season
It’s that time of year again: The holiday season is here, and it's time to get festive. While it is a cheerful time, it can be easy to lose track of your wellbeing during this busy period. If you're not careful, you could wind up feeling stressed out or burned out before the New Year even comes around.
This article provides tips to manage your wellbeing during the festive season to help you stay healthy and happy through the holidays.
1. Plan ahead as much as possible
Planning ahead is the key to getting through this season. Planning ahead allows you to enjoy the season and to avoid last-minute stress.
For example, when travelling this holiday season, make sure that you leave plenty of time for any delays or transport issues that might occur. Booking any bus or flight travel early will help ensure that you get where you need to be on time.
If shopping is a stressful activity for you, take some time beforehand and make a list of what items are most important for your family or friends. Focus on buying only those things which will bring real value into their lives rather than spending money on unnecessary purchases.
2. Be aware of your energy levels and work with them
If you find yourself feeling tired or irritable, try not to push yourself too hard. Instead, take a break when you need it and make sure that you are getting enough sleep. Remember that your wellbeing will influence the people around you so if things aren't going well in one area, try adjusting your schedule accordingly so that everyone benefits from this change.
3. Stay mindful of your mental health
If you are feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed, there are many ways to find support. For example, talk to a friend or family member about what's happening and ask for their help. There are also many online resources available, Ministry of Health and the Mental Health Foundation have a number of resources you can access for free.
4. Take lots of short breaks throughout the day
The key to taking a good break is making sure it’s both well-timed and well-spent. For example, if you’re working on something that requires a lot of concentration, don’t spend your whole break looking at social media or checking email—that will just make you more tired when you return to work. Instead, try doing something relaxing like taking a walk outside or listening to music (or anything else that gives your brain a break). Taking a break also allows you to come back fresh with new ideas which helps keep productivity up!
5. Be mindful about your consumption
Mindful spending habits can prevent major holiday debt! One way to manage this is by setting a budget before you start shopping—and sticking to it! A sustainable option is to buy gifts second-hand via sites like TradeMe or Facebook Marketplace, or your local second-hand shop rather than new ones from retail stores. This option is great for the environment, and for your budget!
6. Include yourself in the festive fun
While it's important to take care of yourself this festive season, it's also crucial that you don't forget to include yourself in the fun. The holidays can be stressful and for some, they can be lonely. Take time to enjoy the holidays and spend time with others, whether that be family, friends, your community, and those close to you.
Focusing on your wellbeing allows you to make more informed choices about what kind of holiday season you want to have this year. We wish you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.
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