Our Stress-Busting, Reality-Checking List … To Keep the ‘Joy’ in Joyous

The holidays are fully out of the gate which, to many of us, is at once thrilling and terrifying. Ironically, the season that’s meant to bestow love and spread joy can also bring on epic amounts of stress and send the most chipper of us into an emotional whiplash - from a yuletide bliss to a yuletide hiss and back again. Well, not this year, is what we say! We (the elves at Clark’s Botanicals) are putting down a plan to hold on to our cheer and we invite you to join us!

We will take control of the holidays NOW, and we’ll start with a holiday motto to hold on to our holiday mojo. Repeat after us, “We will stay organized, realistic, and healthy and make every effort to preserve our own joy and spread some joy among all the cranky Scrooges we come across.” Also, keep in mind, they’re not really cranky, they’re just not holiday-evolved, like we’re becoming right now.

There’s a lot of great holiday advice out there on how to keep your calm through December - from the medical and psychological to the less scientific - and we’ve curated some of our favorites.

The Mayo Clinic has a sage list of healthy holiday ‘to-dos’ that includes things like acknowledging your feelings (we like that!) staying realistic (by all means) and setting aside differences (why not if even for a few hours at your in-laws’ interminable dinner?)

Health.com’s recommendations for keeping the holiday blues at bay is more holistic. They suggest finding sunlight, smelling citrus, going for a walk, squeezing your hoku spot for 30 seconds (the fleshy part between your thumb and index finger) laughing, enjoying a good romp between the sheets and turning up some music - and we like them all. If pinching your hand while you hold a lemon under your nose gets you to your happy place, bring on the lemons! 

Psychology Today has a holiday madness aversion strategy to keep our priorities simple and organized. Make two lists: “Nice to do for Me” and “Need to do for Someone Else” and alternate between them throughout the season. So, after getting some shopping done for your spoiled-to-the-gills nieces, hit a yoga class. You get the idea. 

And finally, Dummies.com has an excellent holiday reality check among their stress-busting recommendations and it’s one we plan to add to our own: try to peel off a little bit of time this season to give back. Whether it’s holding a ladle at a soup kitchen or just delivering a little baked something to an elderly neighbor, it’ll be a win-win for all involved and a little perspective check to remind us exactly what the holidays are all about (or should be about.) 

So our checklist:

  • We will commit right now to maintaining a daily routine of (mostly) healthy choices - moderation is the key.
  • We’ll get organized, make a plan. Make lists. And draw up a budget. 
  • We’ll say no to things we cannot -  or better yet, don’t want to - do!
  • In short, we’ll put our own wellness on top of our list.
  • And we’ll give back, in the very least, by spreading our own hard-fought joy.

Say this out loud: “We hereby declare that we will not go down the holiday rabbit hole, and we will find the joy in joyous holidays.” 

We realize the holidays can have some serious emotional consequences, despite how light we made of them here and we at Clark’s Botanicals truly wish you a peaceful, take-care-of-you holiday season. ❤️💚 We’ve got this! 👊

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