Holidays are a particularly stressful time. So what can we do?
Indulge in Me Time
Feeling overwhelmed with the insatiable demands put on you? For your mental, physical, and psychological well-being, you sometimes just need to stop. Then you need to do something you want to do. You need to take some “Me Time” this holiday season.
Experts are concerned about damage to a person’s health from failing to make themselves a priority. You may have heard that excessive stress produces cortisol, which can cause weight gain and even heart problems. Additionally, cortisol build-up can create memory loss and a lower attention span.
So what is Me Time? First, it can’t be something you hate doing but feel you have to do. What is nourishing for one person can be a burden to someone else (i.e. going to the gym). If a book group doesn’t appeal to you, maybe an art class does. Some people find that volunteer work provides a soul-enriching sense of accomplishment. But if you’re someone who says yes to the constant requests for help then wonders what you were thinking, maybe what you need at this point in your life is to do less, period. Get some quiet time.
Take a break from shopping, wrapping and cooking, make yourself a priority and schedule some me time.