Warmest of hellos to you, my friend! I hope you are having a lovely holiday season so far!
Phew, can you believe that Christmas is in LESS THAN two weeks? I absolutely love the holiday season BUT this time of year can also get so incredibly hectic: holiday baking, holiday parties, holiday shopping, writing out holiday cards, wrapping, post office, travel … it really can take some of the JOY out of the season, can’t it?
Take some time for YOU where you can. It’s hard to do, I know. We tend to put ourselves last on the “to do” list when we get busy busy busy.
Last year at this time, I was really running on empty. I am someone who often feels compelled to say yes to everything, lest I let someone down. (Ugh people pleasing perfectionism at its worst – who else suffers from this madness?!) I ran myself ragged last year through December. To the point, that I even made part of 2016’s plan to be my ‘year of NO’ LOL! (Can’t say I’ve followed it 100% BUT I did much better).
Now this year, I am beginning to feel that same sense of “calendar chaos” coming on. So much to do and just not enough hours/days to get it all accomplished.
Let’s all remind ourselves that if our own personal “cups” are empty, then we have nothing left to share with others.
Here are a few survival tips that I am putting into effect as we close the book on 2016. Perhaps some of them will resonate with you as well.
- Keep on up on eating well.
it’s flu season AND you’ll be coming in contact with many more people than usual. Make time for plenty of vegetables in your meal planning to help keep the immune system strong
- Stay hydrated
‘Tis the season for cocktails, eggnog and socializing . We can quickly become dehydrated if we’re not careful to aim to hit your two liter daily minimum.
- Minimize sugar intake
This one is always a struggle for me around the holidays. I love me some cookies and fudge! But I try to keep it really within a certain level because I know that sugar is awful for our immunity, our moods, our energy levels and also our waistlines. Balance out some of that sugar by maintaining adequate protein intake as well as some movement.
- Get in some daily movement
Whatever floats your boat here, be it running, lifting, yoga, kickboxing, pilates, hiking/walking. So many reasons to do it: it will help keep you grounded from all the crazy busy of the season, clearing your mind, keep a few of those extra cookies from storing where we don’t want it.
Do some things that allow you to truly unwind, be it a hot bath, a stroll in the sunshine, watch a fun holiday movie, an uplifting book, or even a quick 10 minute power nap. Sometimes when I am incredibly busy and can’t find time to chill, I enjoy even just having my favorite essential oils diffusing at my desk and listen to an audio of babbling brooks, just to help bring a sense of peace to an otherwise hectic day
- Find gratitude
When overwhelm starts to take over just spend a minute tallying a few reasons you have to be grateful. You are breathing, the sun is shining, you have food in your pantry, a roof over your head, clean water to drink, people who love you and people who you love. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of what’s really important.
- Set a “bedtime alarm” (and follow it)
I am doing this one this week. I have an alarm set in the evening so that I stop what I’m doing and start my bedtime routine to get my teeth brushed, face washed and start winding down. If I don’t do that, I get caught up in what I’m doing and end up getting to bed WAY too late to get a good night of sleep. And a good night of sleep is essential to keeping us feeling healthy, functional and happy.
- Say NO when necessary
In order to have time to recharge your own energies, choose wisely what you spend your time on. Determine what your priorities really require and what are things that could perhaps be done in the new year, when things are more settled. Saying YES to your self-care sometimes means saying NO to a few things. It’s hard for us people pleasers to do, I know! But we can’t be everything to everyone and still maintain our sanity and good health.
Please feel free to share some of your favorite ways to take time out for YOU when times get busy! I’d love to hear your thoughts and add your wisdom to the list!