The holidays are here again – and for many of you that means added stress. After all, you likely to have several social events, a long list of people you need to send holiday cards to, and the challenge of braving crowds at the mall to find just the right gifts for your family, friends and co-workers. And that’s on top of your all ready to busy daily schedule. It can be overwhelming to say the least.
I wanted to share with you some of my personal favorite ways to navigate this busy, stressful time of year and make this season a lot more enjoyable, less stressful and a time you will remember with happy memories.
Secret Recipe For A Stress Free Holiday
Be Present. I know it sounds cliche and it’s not as easy as it should be, I understand. It’s almost a reflex to pick up your phone and scroll through Facebook or our email every chance you get. One way you can prevent this is to leave your electronics in another room. Don’t even allow yourself the temptation to pick up your phone and disconnect from the people around you. When I’m feeling particularly scatter-brained, what really helps ground me is focusing on my senses. What do I smell? What do I hear? What do I feel? Stopping and thinking through what’s going on around you at that very moment really brings you into the present moment unlike anything else. It’s a wonderful tool to use to dial in and be present – and is a great tool to use year-round, not just during the holidays!
Let it go. A lot of the stress you on yourselves this season lies in the expectation that things have to be perfect. That’d be lovely, of course – but putting your entire extended family in one house is bound to have some challenges. Therefore, dropping the expectations of perfection will allow you to be prepared for when something does goes wrong (and, let’s face it, something always does). There’s joy to be found in each situation, so even when things don’t go exactly as planned – spend your energy finding gratitude in your circumstances and enjoying as much of your time as you possibly can. Tis the season!
Find time to move. It’s incredibly important to keep intentional physical activity in your schedule, no matter how busy you are. Even if it’s just a brisk walk after lunch or dinner – make it a habit to bundle up in your favorite scarf and winter coat to go for a walk alone to clear your mind, or with someone you enjoy being around. Be sure that you are getting your time outside in nature, breathing in fresh air, while burning off some calories and keeping your heart rate up.