Holiday Fun Series II
Staying Healthy and Relaxed During Holiday Craziness
It was the best of times, it was the
worst of times. Does that just about describe the holidays for you? We think
its pretty applicable for just about everyone! We want to make sure you’re
having as many of the good times as possible and one of the best ways to ensure
you’re having a positive holiday season is by taking care of yourself, mind and
It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the overwhelming tsunami of the holidays. But, it doesn’t have to feel this way! Taking control of your part in how each piece of holiday fun and the multiple celebrations come together is key to making them successful. And you know what? Sometimes that means walking away from it all. We know…how the (bleep) is anything going to get done if I’m not there to do it, and if I’m not there to do it, it’s just going to cause me more stress in the end because now nothing’s done and I have less time to get everything done that needs to be done and now it need my essential oil diffuser with 2 cups of lavender oil in it. Neverymind! Maybe I’ll just take a lavender oil bath! Has just reading those last couple of sentences put you in a state of stress and disarray? That’s our point exactly! Don’t let yourself go there in real life.
Take time each day to breathe and do something for yourself. It doesn’t have to be a monumental task. Maybe it’s just sitting and doing a crossword puzzle for 15 minutes. Taking a nice brisk walk. Writing in a gratitude journal. Doing a few yoga poses while practicing some deep breathing and meditating. It only takes a few minutes a day to center yourself and get back to a place where you can be your most productive without being your most stressed out.
What else can you do to help destress and relax during the holidays? Delegate! Have the kids help you with some of your holiday tasks. They can wrap gifts, do some of the shopping, bake some of the cookies for the 46 cookie exchanges you’re participating in.
Maybe your spouse can move his or her schedule around so that you can rely on them to take over certain tasks that are typically on your to-do list at home, especially since you’ve picked up a load of holiday tasks you need to get done toot suite.
Of course, exercising and eating healthy, nutrient rich foods during the holiday season are exponentially important. Get on your bike and take a nice winter ride on your favorite trail. Go for a run. Make salad jars with all the healthy fixins ahead of time so you always have a nutritious meal waiting for your in the fridge. Being mindful about how you’re treating yourself will help you be more successful in everything you do during the holidays (and beyond).
And if you’re still finding yourself having moments of “EEEEK, I forgot the breadcrumbs” or “What did I do with the gift tags?”, break out the lavender, take a nice deep breath in and remember, the holidays are coming whether you’re ready or not, so you may as well make them as enjoyable as possible. And that means giving yourself the gift of health, grace and peace.