I’m fa-la-la-losin’ it! 3 Tips to Survive the Holidays

By Linzy Farmerie-Mogielski, Content Editor of BroglieBox
4 min read

When people ask me how it’s going during the holidays, my immediate response has been “oh… it’s going…” What a loaded answer right? But it’s totally true- we are going, going, going! It’s almost as if my calendar explodes in November and December. And it is so incredibly easy to simply miss the meaning of this time of year and also lose your place in all of it. So take a second, sit down, and take some of these tips to heart! They may save your sanity claus! 

    I don’t know who needs to hear this but, submit those vacation days at work! Never feel guilty for taking your full lunch break, needing a mental health day, or using your vacation time. Time is the only currency you can never get back, so, get in the habit of paying yourself first. 
    It’s OKAY to not go to ThE UgLy SwEaTeR PaRtY ™. Whether its for work OR FAMILY. Yep, read it again. If cancelling plans helps you rest or saves you unavoidable conflict, RSVP as no. Holiday times with family does not require you to engage in conversations that are energetically draining. They also do not require you to deny your reality and/or confirm a reality of a parent that you do not share. You do NOT need to abandon your identity, your needs, or your boundaries because of their opinions or perceptions of your past self. 
  3. BE PRESENT (get it?!)
    But seriously, besides taking time and setting good boundaries, be mindful while making decisions. Find yourself having 30 minutes of downtime? Instead of running holiday errands, go to the gym and get a good workout! It will leave you more energized and productive! Be intentional about making nutritious choices while attending events. You don’t need to skip the cookies entirely. Repeat: I am NOT saying skip the cookies. But I am saying that cutting back on sugar and white flour DOES impact mood and energy levels. And lastly, try to reframe your thoughts. Instead of trying to “get through the holidays,” start saying to yourself “who am I seeing and what am I doing that I am thankful for today/this year.” It will totally change not only your reflections on 2019, but your vision for 2020!

Based in Pittsburgh PA, Linzy Farmerie-Mogielski has battled high functioning anxiety and clinical depression for most of her adult life and has found life-changing freedom and community in breaking stigmas. As an advocate for change, she speaks at events encouraging others to seek appropriate care and practice radical self-love. Through sharing her story, her superpowers have become approachability, vulnerability, and transparency! In addition to mental health, she is passionate about ministry, travel, art, and coffee! Linzy is also a member of the BroglieBox team and is Content Editor of the BroglieBlog.  You can follow her on instagram at @bonjourlinzy

For more holiday stress tips, check out our article: Holiday Travel – Stop Trippin’

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