Tips to De-stress & Stay Safe during the Holidays

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Zoom holiday celebration tips to de-stress and stay safe this holidaySimple tips to help you de-stress and enjoy your holidays and start the new year with ease. It may take some creativity to stay safe and connected this year. A few changes can benefit HSP’s, Empaths, and everyone else as well.

This time of year tends to bring out the best and the worst for many people and can be especially trying to HSP’s and empaths.

This has been a favorite holiday blog for several years. This year I’m updating with some links to a couple of my favorite blogs for Holidays during the Pandemic that Shall Not Be Named. Rather than rewrite them and pass them off as our original ideas, I hope you don’t mind if I simply give you the links below.

The Holidays, weather, politics, planetary changes, reduced light, EMF radiation from our technology, smart meters, WiFi, other people’s fear and stress… are all factors that can affect you in myriad ways.

You’re not alone if you’ve been more stressed, spaced out, overwhelmed, experiencing strange physical issues, feeling extra emotional, or just out of sorts for the last few months. We need to find new ways to de-stress our holidays.

Because we are all connected, you can often feel the anxiety depression or fears not only of those around you but friends, family even strangers around the world. Watching the news seems to heighten this.

Tips for now and throughout the year to reduce stress

1. Set realistic goals – do the things that really need to be done.

2. Don’t take all personally
The people around you may also be reacting to the stress. It’s also quite possible you’ll be dealing with disappointments over the inability to get together with friends and loved ones.

It’s hard to be the one to bow out of celebrations and to withstand the pushing of family members who just don’t seem to understand your need to stay safe. Wearing your Shield can actually help somewhat in keeping their wants and desires at bay.

Tips on how to manage holiday stress and anxiety in 2020 and beyond

3. Are all the emotions you’re feeling really yours? 
Take a moment to center and ask if what you’re feeling is yours. If not, take a deep breath
and let it go. Heck, take a deep breath anyway. Oftentimes just realizing that we are feeling someone else’s emotions is enough to shift your mood.

4. Do what you love! Let go of the rest of the “must do” list where possible.
If you Love to bake – bake. if not, that’s what the bakery is for.
If you enjoy shopping – head for the mall.
Hate shopping? If it makes you feel anxious or overwhelmed or do you just feel it’s another big chore? Shop online, send cards, or find another way to celebrate.

7 Creative Ways to Celebrate the Holidays Safely During the Pandemic – and possibly in years to come

ONLINE VIRTUAL PARTY INVITATION5. Party invitations – there are some you pretty much Have to go to.
As for the rest; go to the ones that you will enjoy, be with people you like being with. If you don’t Have to be there and don’t look forward to it, send your regrets.

This may be a challenging year in which it truly is necessary to send regrets in order to stay healthy for next year. These tips to de-stress may just become your new normal.

Here’s a little bonus tip – don’t say “maybe” if you aren’t sure you’ll be going…maybe means you still have to revisit the situation and give your true answer. You can say “Sorry, I don’t think that will work for me. Is it okay to let you know if something changes?” This is a way of not feeling guilty for just saying NO, and seriously how can someone argue with “it won’t work for me”. Extra bonus – you don’t have to give an explanation or an excuse. Keep it simple.

Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings from the CDC

6. Take care of yourself – give yourself the personal time and space you need to de-stress and relax.

7. The number one line of defense is to wear your Shield  It’ll help you stay more centered and focused AND deflect the stress of those around you.

8. Bonus Tip – Travel can be exhausting and stressful – whether you’re driving, flying, or taking the bus or train there are things you can do to reduce the stress

Click here for 40 Ways to take a socially distanced trip

CLICK TO take Our HSP Quiz – get your scores and 6 areas of sensitivity and lots of tips for everyday life and survival.

Have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday!

Want More Tips?

Every year we write an article or two with tips for the holidays. These tips are good now and throughout the year. Do a search in our website for “holiday”

And, did I mention….Wear Your Shield!

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