Evelyn Glennie once said, “ Holidays are about experiences and people, and tuning into what you feel like doing at that moment. Enjoy not having to look at a watch.” The holidays will be over before you know it. Why not make them really special and memorable by eliminating the stress factor. Most people love to make long lists before the holiday season begins, because they don’t want anything to go wrong! Do you realize how much effort is put into making sure that all the items are checked before the holidays begin? Sometimes we plan too much, this kills the purpose of a holiday itself!
Planning is a part of creating a happy holiday, but not if it creates stress and your energy is drained before the holidays even begin. Be adaptable when things don’t necessarily goes as planned is important to keeping stress levels down. It’s important to simply go with the flow. When things don’t “go as planned” accept it, and go with it, and your experience will be much more enjoyable
than if you resist it.
Here are 5 things you can do to make your holiday special and stress-free.
Remember to breathe: When you start to feel overwhelmed from holiday shopping and wrapping, cooking, socializing, pleasing others etc. just STOP. Take a moment or two to breathe. Breathe in through your nose calming energy and breath-out any stresses you may be holding onto in your mind and body. This simple exercise can quickly bring you to a more peaceful state of mind.
Be mindful of what you eat and drink: There are so many temptations this time of year when it comes to food and drink. Holiday sweets and specialty cocktails are plentiful this time of year. Be mindful of what you’re eating and how much you are eating. It’s fine to indulge a little bit for the holidays, the key is just a little bit.
Shop less: We all love to shop during holidays because we may have some time off and there are amazing deals going on everywhere. Balance time at home and at the mall during the holidays. Don’t spend an entire day shopping; instead try to spend more time with family. Go for a family walk outside, ice skate, play in the snow, or play a board game together. Rather than roaming around a crowded mall all day, create a balance of family time so you can rejuvenate and appreciate what the holidays are truly about.
Have small get togethers: Big parties are fun, but they take away a lot of your time and hardly make space for intimate chat sessions. The best thing to do is invite your few close friends, sip some wine and catch up on old times. Plan your holiday in such a way that you get to have fun as well as relax and get some time to be a little lazy!
Get your favorite book from the library: There is nothing in the world like reading a book and sipping your favorite tea, while you are curling up in the blanket in front of the fire. For most people, this is the definition of a perfect holiday. It’s important that you take care of yourself as well. Happy Holidays!