Merry Christmas from our Blog Watch family. Here are some tips to enjoy the season.
Manage Holiday Stress—Don’t Let Stress Manage You
1. Keep expectations for the season realistic; therefore, set goals that are reasonable for you. Before beginning a task, make a list and prioritize the important activities.
2. Recognize your own limitations and don’t over-do it. There is no need to attend every social gathering or to create the perfect social event.
3. Learn to delegate the holiday chores. It is not necessary to try to do everything by yourself.
4. Know your spending limit and stay on budget. With today’s economy and cutbacks, it is important to respect one’s financial limitations.
5. Take a time out. After completing a holiday task, take time to relax and make sure to get enough rest.
6. Remember to eat healthy, nutritious food, as you would do any other time of the year. Also, drink plenty of water and juices. Maintaining a healthy diet will help support your immune system, reduce fatigue, and fight illness.
7. Try to maintain an exercise routine. Researchers have found that exercise is an excellent treatment to alleviate depression.
8. The holiday season does not mean that you will not have difficult feelings. It is important to acknowledge one’s feelings, even if you keep them to yourself.
9. Try to look to the future with an optimistic perspective despite difficulties of the past. Find ways to see the good in challenging experiences.
10. Participate in holiday activities that are free and light-hearted. Plan to attend festive activities that do not require large amounts of travel time.
11. Volunteer for a charitable organization(s) that reach out to the needy. Or contribute to community food drives in your neighborhood.
12. Spend time with supportive and caring friends and/or family, if possible. Yet, should you find yourself alone, then be certain to schedule enjoyable activities into your free time.
13. In conclusion, try a little laughter. Research psychologists have found that humor improves one’s sense of overall well being.
Noemi Lardizabal-Dado is a Content Strategist with over 16 years experience in blogging, content management, citizen advocacy and media literacy and over 26 years in web development. Otherwise known as @MomBlogger on social media, she believes in making a difference in the lives of her children by advocating social change for social good.
She is a co-founder and a member of the editorial board of Blog Watch . She is a resource speaker on media literacy, social media , blogging, digital citizenship, good governance, transparency, parenting, women’s rights and wellness, and cyber safety.
Her personal blogs such as aboutmyrecovery.com (parenting) , pinoyfoodblog.com (recipes), techiegadgets.com (gadgets) and benguetarabica.coffee keep her busy outside of Blog Watch.
I am an advocate. I am NOT neutral. I will NOT give social media mileage to members of political clans, epal, a previous candidate for the same position and those I believe are a waste of taxpayers' money.
I do not support or belong to any political party. I was part of accredited media covering the Office of the Vice President and Leni Robredo as she ran as a presidential aspirant in the 2022 National and local elections.
On August 5, 2021, YouTube announced that I was selected as one of 50 Program participants of its Creator Program for Independent Journalists
She was a Senior Consultant for ALL media engagements for the PCOO-led Committee on Media Affairs & Strategic Communications (CMASC) under the ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council from January 4 -July 5, 2017. Having been an ASEAN advocate since 2011, she has written extensively about the benefits of the ASEAN community and as a region of opportunities on Blog Watch and aboutmyrecovery.com.
Organization affiliation includes Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation
Updated June 6, 2022