Life Hacks #1, #2, & #3 for the Stressful Holiday Season


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Make a promise to yourself this season to manage your mental health in healthy ways. By balancing your me time with we time, you will experience a happier holiday season.



  • At the start of a new week, arrange several enjoyable activities spread over the week that you really enjoy. Going to the movies, a nice meal in a restaurant, visiting family, whatever you like. This will give you plenty of things to look forward to during the week and alleviate that "the week is a slog" feeling.
  • Take calm-down breaks of 1-5 minutes. During this time concentrate on slow breathing.
  • Get moving―and drag along a friend. Research has proven that physical activity boosts not only your mood but also your immune system. A 10-15-minute brisk walk is just the ticket.



  • Anger is never the first emotion and rarely produces anything useful. If possible, withdraw from the hostile environment and take a time out for yourself to think about possible solutions. Avoid criticizing or placing blame.
  • Be kind and willing to serve―without expecting anything in return. A happy attitude is often a result of being kind to and serving your loved ones, co-workers and friends. This doesn’t require money! Look for opportunities to give genuine compliments and a helping hand.
  • Be grateful.  “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Anonymous...Gratitude isn’t just for the “amazing” things of life. Focus on and appreciate the little miracles. Nothing is too small: your favorite song plays on the radio, the mailman didn’t deliver your neighbor’s mail to your mailbox, or for a solid day you did not lose your phone.



  • When it is bedtime, ensure your bedroom is neither too hot nor too cold. It is difficult to sleep with cold feet, and very easy to fall asleep with cozy feet. Warm feet are a great, natural sleep aid!
  • Try aromatherapy: lavender, cedarwood, and bergamot are great choices
  • Avoid heavy meals in the evening and keep caffeine intake to a minimum. Do not have any caffeinated beverages from 1 pm onwards. If you are drinking caffeine in afternoon and evenings, this could be the main reason you are not sleeping. 

Contributed by Angelica Mecham