While the holidays are a warm time that are meant to be filled with nothing but cheer, sometimes they can get stressful. So we’ve put together a list of ways to keep your cool during the season of giving.
1. Make a Plan
Planning ahead can make everything easier – whether that’s determining a budget for gifts, organizing your holiday shopping strategy, or deciding who is cooking Christmas dinner – having a plan is a good start! However, just know that even if you make a plan, it’s okay if things don’t go without a hitch or if you can’t finish everything you intended to do. Either way, the holidays will go on. And if you are glued to your mobile device and are a list maker, Planner Pro and Wunderlist are our favorite apps to help with planning and scheduling.
2. Curate a Holiday Playlist
Whether you like holiday music or not, playing a collection of your favorite songs can lower your blood pressure and raise your spirit. We’ve been listening to Pandora’s Country Christmas Playlist on repeat this month, but you can choose a playlist based on your personal style through all music streaming services.
3. Take Time for Yourself
We spend so much time focusing on others during the holidays that it’s important to remember to do something for you. Treat yourself to a pedicure. Go see a movie. Go for a walk with friends. You can kick back, relax, prop up your feet in one of our donor beds and watch a holiday movie while donating blood. Even if you just take 30 minutes to step away from guests, it’ll be easier to stay chill during the holidays.
4. Go Outside
There’s no telling what a Texas winter will bring. But no matter what, going outside and taking a minute to surround yourself with nature or sunlight can always boost your mood.
5. Fill the Air with Scents
Experts say that taking a whiff of citrus fruits or filling a room with your favorite holiday scent can reduce stress levels. We’re partial to cinnamon candles!
We hope these tips will help keep you sane during the holidays! And if you ever need a place to sneak away from family, you can always come to Carter BloodCare to donate! Click here to find a blood drive or donor center near you!