The holidays can be stressful. Sometimes we all need to recharge.
It can be incredibly simple to lose sight of who we really are during the holidays when we’re forced to stand in long lines at the mall, ration our funds to pay for all of the presents and food, and to put up with rather unpleasant people who are out shopping at the last minute. It is important that we all take the time to recharge our mind, body, and soul during the holiday season to limit the effects of stress and to really enjoy the season.
Tip 1: Write Down Goals
Even though you’ll be looking to do this around New Year’s it’s always important to have a list of goals that you want to achieve and that you can refer to when you lose your way. If you have a certain amount of things that need to get done this holiday season, make sure that you write them down on a calendar and plan them out. For example, if you know that shopping the week before Christmas didn’t work out last year, set a goal to have your Christmas shopping done before the second week of December.
Tip 2: Take Time to Relax
You might think that you don’t have enough time to sleep let alone take a breather but remember that there are 24 hours out of a day and you have 7 days a week to get all of your Christmas responsibilities finished. Even if it’s just a 10 minute meditative period, take a moment to sit down and relax. Reflect on everything that you love about the holidays and appreciate your surroundings. You’ll literally feel the stress lift off of your shoulders.
Tip 3: Remember to Eat
Eating not only nourishes our body but it also nourishes our mind and soul as well. Have you ever tried to accomplish something on an empty stomach only to find that you feel sluggish and unable to take control of situations? If you know that you’re going to be away from home for the entire day, remember to bring snacks with you so that you can stay nourished. You can always pack an extra protein bar into your purse or your pocket if you’re not interested in standing in the long lines at the food court of your local mall. It is also important to remember to stay hydrated while you’re running around tying loose ends together.