The following self-care tips for surviving the silly season come from Lifeworks:
1. STEP BACK, TAKE A DEEP BREATH – Slow, steady breathing can calm and de-stress you, helping you reset. Take a moment’s time out if you need it.
2. GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION NOT TO BE PERFECT – You’re human. Ask whether your self-expectations are reasonable with the resources you actually possess.
3. ACCEPT ASSISTANCE FROM OTHERS – It’s the giving season – others may actually enjoy helping you so don’t be afraid to ask.
4. LOOK AFTER YOURSELF – Keep festive “indulgences” to a level that you’ll look back on merrily without the need for regret later on.
5. BE GUIDED BY WHAT MATTERS – It’s okay to say no – you can still show you care without spending excessive time, money or emotional energy.
6. ESTABLISH NEW TRADITIONS – While loss can be felt deeply during this period, it also offers an opportunity to commemorate, celebrate and create new legacies.
7. FOCUS ON YOUR EMOTIONS – Commit to finding ways to control your emotions, rather than letting your emotions control you.
8. MAKE A BUDGET & STICK TO IT – People often cite the best gifts as not the most expensive ones, but the most thoughtful.
9. PRACTISE COMPASSION – Give the gift of compassion to others – and to yourself.
10. REACH OUT FOR HELP – From those around you, or from professional services including your EAP provider.