Hello, December! It’s hard to believe it, but the holidays are here. We feasted at Thanksgiving, and now we are getting ready for those wonderful December holidays of Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanza. Before you know it, we’ll be celebrating 2020. Time just seems to fly by. Sleep can be harder to get during the holidays. We feel the pressure and stress of having to get everything done. One of the first things we forget to do is get good sleep. Without proper rest, nothing seems to go right.
When we feel the pressure, are there things we can do to sleep better?
Treat yourself - It’s great that you do so much for your spouse, your children, and your parents. But what about you? Remember that even though our families are essentially important, we are important as well. If you remember to take a few moments to treat yourself each day - maybe purchase yourself a fancy coffee, or indulge yourself in a massage - this can help to keep you calm which can help you sleep better at night.
Stress not, fret not - No matter what happens - the dog had an accident in the living room, or the marshmallows on the top of your sweet potato casserole are burnt to a crisp - do your best to laugh it off. Don’t let small things create big pressures. You might think something has been ruined, while someone else might look back at the same incident as a funny occurrence. We have enough on our plates to worry about, don’t let the holidays add to that. The less stressed you are, the better you will be able to sleep.
Remember the good, forget the bad and the ugly - Focus on the fond memories that the holidays create. Don’t think about the things that didn’t go exactly as planned. And when you lay down to sleep, conjuring images of these fond images can help you to drift off for the night.
Make a list, check it twice, but change it as necessary - Not everything is going to work as you thought it would. And that’s just fine! Just having a plan of action to get things done can help keep you calm, even if those plans change.
- The more things change, the more they stay the same - Your schedule might not be the same as it is during the majority of the year, but that doesn’t mean instant upheaval. If you can try to do things the same as you typically do, such as waking up in the morning and going to bed at night at the same time each day, this can also help your sleep schedule.
Now that you know how to get better sleep during the holidays, guess what? You can use this same insight throughout the year. Always take care of yourself, and your sleep. You’ll feel better because of it. Don’t believe me? Sleep on it. Maybe your well-rested body will have a change of heart.