My Tips For Slowing Down This Season
The holidays are upon us. For some, this is a source of joy and happiness, while others find themselves fighting a period of conflict or sadness.
Regardless, it’s a hectic time of year and, if we’re not careful, we can burn out quickly.
It can all come and go so quickly – the holiday parties, the baking, the giving, the school activities and office events. There’s a lot of “extra” and oftentimes less downtime or self-care.
So, I recommend we all slow down a bit and just take it all in. Take a step back and assess what is most important to you. With just a little planning, and some extra care, this could be your most meaningful season yet.
Here are a few suggestions to keep your holiday season healthy and sane.
Sit down with family or your significant other and figure out which activities are most important. Then, allot specific days that are “do nothing” days. When these come around, you’ll be free to decide how you’re feeling that morning and fill your time with the things you truly desire in the moment. Don’t fill these days with to-do’s or chores, but instead make the time to lounge, watch movies, bake cookies, get a massage – whatever your body is telling you that it needs.
Don’t Get Caught In The Holiday Trap
Let go of the hustle and bustle, whenever you can. It’s so easy to get sucked into the madness of “needing” to buy the best gift, or “needing” to attend all of the holiday parties, or “needing” to have your home fully decorated. When we feel pressure to make the holidays “perfect,” we’re quick to burn out. Instead, remind yourself that there is no such thing as “perfect” and that what matters is your mindset.
Set yourself up for success by asking, “What are my biggest stressors during the holiday season?” If it’s shopping, plan your shopping at a time when the stores will be less crowded or try doing everything online…from the comfort of home. If your biggest stressor is time, focus on where you are over-committing yourself and then find ways to clear your calendar. Practice saying “no.” You really don’t need to be everywhere.
Practice Self Care, Self Care and More Self Care
It’s important to not let our own needs fall to the wayside during the holiday season. We should continue our days as we would throughout the year with our regular exercise and sleep schedule, whenever possible. If you know that you’ll be spending weekends celebrating, then practice making small and healthy choices elsewhere. But be kind to yourself – it’s OK to enjoy in the season, just keep things on track where you can. Instead of doing your full-blown routine, practice finding ways to incorporate small moments of self-care and wellness throughout your celebrations.
Give Yourself A Present
Take it easy and allow yourself to mindfully experience the gift of the holiday moment. The holidays can be stressful, but they don’t last forever. Give yourself permission to stop trying to “keep up” and instead just enjoy the small moments that matter most. Spend more time relishing in the delight on your children’s faces when they help you bake, or spend more nights walking outside enjoying the festive atmosphere. Instead of thinking about what’s coming next, take a breath and soak in the beautiful moments around you.