It’s so easy to get frazzled when we’re busy, functioning on little sleep, and feeling obligated to meet the needs and wants of so many family members and friends during the holiday season. Before we know it, holiday stress can often snowball into colds, extreme fatigue, and general unhappiness. During stressful times, I focus on incorporating easy but effective ways for managing stress and fatigue. From drinking relaxing teas to developing a night-time ritual, we can stave off, or better yet, eliminate holiday stress takeovers in our lives.
Recently, I was working toward a due date for my book project. I was waking earlier than normal and writing and editing for several hours each day, on top of completing other necessary tasks. On the day that the book chapter was due, I pushed myself to my limits. I took a couple of breaks and ate my meals, but I continued to work and work until I completed the chapter. It was taxing. After weeks of long writing days, I felt relieved after meeting the deadline and sending off the chapter. But suddenly, I felt exhausted and wholly spent. I ended up taking part of the next day off, but the morning after that, I started to come down with a cold.
After making the choice to rest for part of the day to take care my myself and drink detox liquids, the signs of the cold went away, thankfully. Once I realized the train I was on, one of intense work and little breaks or downtime, I began to take more care to incorporate small, stress-relieving activities in my schedule each day. Here is what has