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Holiday Survival Tips


The holiday season brings mixed emotions for many. For some, it’s their favorite time of year. For others, it brings feelings of sadness and loss. Seeing old friends and family members may be exciting or may bring up memories of disappointments.


There's so much to do at this time of year - shopping, mailing cards and gifts, cooking, baking, decorating, and more. And when you're in a rush, it's easy to get flustered.


But need it be this way? It need not. Before getting carried away this holiday season, here are some fun, quick wellness tips that can promote a healthy, stress-free holiday season!



Tip #1 - Take Time for Yourself

All of the family and festivities can bring up a lot of emotion and it's good to give yourself some extra love this time of year, so do something that makes you feel good, and do it often.

One simple trick to find time for yourself no matter how busy things get is to schedule a very specific activity that will help you unwind. Small things you could do for yourself are exercising, going for a walk/run, journaling, meditating, etc. Find an activity that will help you to recharge your batteries and relax.

Make sure to put it into your calendar. When you plan your week, schedule your activities as some of your major to-dos, setting aside time for them in the same way you would set aside time for a meeting or a project you need to work on. Instead of penciling in an hour of “downtime” on Wednesday night, write “catch up on my favorite blogs with a cup of coffee” or “take a bubble bath.” Try this for a few weeks and feel the difference in your approach to the holidays!



Tip #2 - Keep it Simple

Ever heard of the KISS method? Keep It Simple, Stupid. This cannot be truer than during the holidays, when our lives become complicated by the expectations of ourselves and others. How can you keep it simple during the holidays?

When decorating, focus on keeping your space clutter-free and easy to maintain. Take time every day to declutter your home and office. A clutter-free space has been shown to decrease stress and anxiety!

Instead of zooming around to twenty stores to get the perfect gift, think about simplifying by purchasing items online or planning your trips out to maximize their efficiency and decrease the stress.

The holidays are overwhelming and if we aren’t careful the sensory overload can cause us un-due stress and decrease our enjoyment of the season. Take a second to evaluate what matters to you the most during the holidays and focus on those things. If you receive information or opportunities that don’t fit into that scope, decline or omit it.
Finally, do more with less. Whether it be money, food, or anything else we over-indulge in or use too much of during the holidays, now is the time to practice restraint. Instead of cooking 10 items for the holiday meal, consider pairing it down to only what can be reasonably eaten by the people attending (making some room for leftovers of course!). The more you can do with less, the simpler your holiday life will be!



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