I don’t know about you but this is my favorite time of year. My favorite season, fall and the kickoff to my favorite holidays. I have always loved this time and it brings me great joy and peace. Although this time of year can be exciting and joyful is also can feel a bit overwhelming and slightly chaotic. I have learned over the years to not let the stress overshadow my excitement. I have come to understand five important ways to combat the stresses of the holiday season. These five ways will help you survive the stress and have you sipping your favorite warm beverage under your favorite blanket without a worry in the world.
First off let’s start with balance. This is important because you need to keep on top of your responsibilities and be able to enjoy this wonderful time of year. You need a balance between spending time with friends and family and spending time with yourself in moments of self-care. You do not need to say yes to every invitation you receive to go out. It's ok to say no if you are not feeling it. You need to have balance between being on the go and getting stuff done at home. Set up small increments of time so you can tend to your responsibilities such as cleaning the house, household shopping, running errands and paying bills. This will help in the long run so you are not trying to get too much done at the last minute. This way you can enjoy the time you do have to spend with others instead of being stressed out.
Hydration and Nutrition
Drinking plenty of water and eating healthy is extra important during the holidays. It can be challenging to turn down warm drink concoctions and deliously rich food. I have been guided to increase my water intake. I think for all of us this is important. Its important to stay hydrated not only to hydrate the body but it also helps you consume less sugar and calories. Water not only helps aid in digestion but also hydration and helps energize us. This is important with the changing of the season, the richer food we may choose to eat and our hectic schedules. Also, eating healthier food will help keep your energy up. Rich foods will bog you down and make you feel sluggish. I’m not say not to indulge but just keep it minimal, know when to put your fork down and only have one serving.
Having a routine and planning are also two important areas. It is important to create a simple routine for yourself. Paying your bills on a certain day and running errands on a certain day can be easy steps to set up a routine. Also, plan for what days you many want to do your holiday shopping or even just your grocery shopping. Leaving time on certain days during the week to catch up with friends and family is beneficial. This will help you from rushing around trying to fit everything in at the last minute. I know a routine is not always ideal for some people but at least planning will prove to be very helpful in the long run.
This one is such a huge one. It is very important for you to spend some time alone in quiet. Even if it is in small increments throughout your day. Something that I have done in the past is while at work I would take my lunch break out in my car. This helped me to get away from the energy of the workplace and to have some silence. This helped recharge me and made the rest of the workday not so bad. If you are going home to a house full take a few extra minutes in your car before you go inside. There are so many ways that you can get some quiet time for yourself. I have a great blog post that discusses this subject. Here is the link: Take Time For Yourself Post
My personal favorite thing that l do each day is I wake up early, make a cup of coffee and just sit. Being still before the rest of the world wakes up. I take this time to mediate, visualize and set my intentions for the day. This is my favorite time of the day and I can feel can feel the difference if I skip a day.
I would like to end this post with how most of us should end our day. The topic of sleep. Sleep is so important. It helps us function mentally, physically and emotionally. Not getting enough sleep causes us to become run down, irritable, anxious, mentally exhausted and our immune system does not perform at its best. If you have a hard time getting a full night’s sleep give yourself permission to take a nap during the day. I used to think that naps were a waste of time and a sign of weakness. Now I embrace taking a nap if needed. The benefits of a nap are great. You can accomplish more after a nap because you are not so tired and you’re able to think clearer. Just simply take a nap when needed.
These are some simply tips to help you move through this holiday season wit ease. If you are looking for more support to help you move through this season I offer email coaching just check out my Services page. Now through the end of 2016 I am offering two sessions for the price of one. If you have any questions about my coaching services, please feel free to Contact me.