Six Tips for Navigating Holiday Stress

1. Practice Saying "No". Saying “yes” when you want to say “no” can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. You have choices, and one choice is to say, “I’m sorry I’m not going to be doing that this year”. Yes, some people will be disappointed, but they’ll adapt. When you say “no” it creates a space to say “yes” to something else. Sometimes that something else is just more sleep or watching a movie with your honey by the fire.

2. Stay Active. Traveling, family gatherings and other commitments can make it difficult to fit in physical activity, but they don't make it impossible. Here are some tips on how to stay active during the holidays:

  • Make A Plan. Though it can feel challenging with the unpredictability of your holiday schedule, try to plan workouts ahead of time. Book your workouts and Fly classes for the month and add them to your calendar.
  • Make Them Quick. If you can’t fit in your normal fitness class, plan a few quick (10-20 minutes) workouts to do at home. If you want the most bang for your buck, consider high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts (see our 10-minute Holiday HIIT workout below). By alternating between periods of maximum effort and short recovery, these condensed but intense workouts get your heart rate and metabolism-revving to burn calories and fat.
  • Make Them Fun. The holiday season is full of special fitness classes, and community “fun runs.” Here at Fly, we offer classes on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day classes. Make it a family affair and bring them with you!

3. Take a Breather. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15-minutes without distractions may refresh you enough to handle everything else. Take time to clear your mind, slow your breathing and restore inner calm.

4. Spend Time With Others. Spending time alone is important, but the holiday season can make some people feel lonely. Spend time with others by scheduling a few social events. Check this month’s Fly Socials. We would love to see you!

5. Get Outside. Take a quick walk outside and enjoy nature – or your neighbor’s decorations. There’s nothing like a change of scenery and fresh air to shift your perspective.

6. Practice Gratitude. Take the time to step back and bear witness to all that you have, to count your blessings, as they say. Gratitude goes a long way when it comes to overall wellness. During this time of year, a sense of gratitude can easily fall by the wayside as indulgence and the idea of “more” and “merrier” are front and center. So, while in the midst of the craziness of the holiday season, try to re-center by consciously being grateful for the multiple aspects of this season, and our loved ones, that we are blessed to engage with.

** It’s important to note there’s a difference between being stressed and feeling true anxiety and depression. If you’re feeling truly distressed, be sure to check in with your doctor.