7 Tips for Surviving the Season
- Pinpoint your Stressors. Take a few moments to evaluate what it was that caused you stress last holiday season. Did you feel lonely and/or homesick or did you attend too many social activities and end up exhausted? Once you know you have identified a few of your holiday stressors, you can plan how to deal with them.
- Schedule some Memorable Activities into your Holiday Season. Research indicates that it is experiences that bring us happiness, not things. Reconnect with a childhood tradition or make a new one.
- Find Meaning in the Season. If Ebenezer Scrooge could do it, so can you! Volunteering your time to help a charity or simply giving to others in need will bring a sense of fulfillment and purpose during the holidays.
- Get Outside and Move. Though you can’t change the Beijing air quality, make a point to get outside and move around on good air days. When our bodies don’t have the opportunity to burn stored up energy through aerobic activity, this excess energy fuels worry and frustration. Even a short walk will go miles towards your wellbeing.
- Treat Yourself to a Massage. Can’t relax? Need to get out of the house but not into the bad air? Beijing has no shortage of places to get a good foot massage or even a whole body massage. Invite a friend if possible and chat while you unwind – win win!
- Get your Zzzz…A Beijing winter brings short days and long nights. With longer nights, our bodies actually need more sleep. An unrested body often leads to a restless mind, which can promote anxiety and frustration. Sleep a bit longer than you might in the spring or summer and your mind and body will thank you.
- Be Thankful… Studies show that people who spend regular time being grateful for what they have, rather than being frustrated with what they don’t have, experience greater levels of optimism, positive mood, and feelings of belonging.