Updated: Dec 4, 2020
The holidays are just around the corner. Does this make you feel happy, excited, and full of energy? Or does it leave you feeling the complete opposite? Are the holidays making you anxious?
For many, the holidays can be a time of stress, of anxiety and of exhaustion. There seems to be such an emphasis on gift giving, having the perfect Christmas decorations, the perfect tree, and making the perfect meal. There is a lot of pressure on getting everything right. You see it in commercials, magazines, and movies. Everything is just perfectly perfect.
The MOST important thing you need to do is make time for yourself. If you do not take care of “you”, you will not be any fun to be around, nor will you feel like having any fun at all.
8 tips – Here we go.
1. You time.
If you have to “schedule” time for yourself, do it. The important thing is to create time for yourself where you can let your mind wander and not think of any of the things that need to be done.
2. Go outside
Ok, I may have mentioned this in other posts, but it’s true… Don’t let the holidays make you anxious. Taking a brisk walk in the fresh air is magic. It changes your mood, relieves stress, changes the air in your lungs, and leaves you feeling refreshed and relaxed.
3. Say no.
Go ahead, practice saying no. Again, you cannot give more energy and time than what you have. Keep some energy and time for yourself. If you give it all away, you will end up stressed, irritable, and even depressed. This is no fun for you and your loved ones. Fur babies included. Get in the habit of setting boundaries and respecting those boundaries. People will have to learn to accept and understand those boundaries.
4. Stay hydrated.
Remember, we are 60% water. Feeling hungry? Your body may be asking for water. Feeling tired but had a good night sleep? Try drinking more water. I carry a reusable water bottle with me everywhere I go. Having that bottle with you will be a constant reminder to stay hydrated. (pssst…. drinking wine?… drink a glass of water between each glass of wine… you’ll thank me in the morning).
5. Stay fuelled.
Oh, so many yummy sugary treats that we see everywhere this time a year. And the closer we get to the holidays, the more we see. It’s ok to enjoy one or two cookies here and there.
Don’t use these treats as fuel. Try eating a healthy meal or snack before giving in to that sugary treat. Don’t go to a Christmas supper on an empty stomach. Have a healthy snack before leaving the house so that you will less inclined to fill-up on the not so nutritional stuff when you get there. Is the meal buffet style? Fill your plate with ½ vegetables, ¼ protein and ¼ whole grains. Your body will thank you for it.
6. Be accepting.
This may seem obvious… stay on the “nice” list. The holidays can be a sad and difficult time for many. Not everyone is looking forward to it. Smile to that grumpy cashier, tell a joke and laugh at your own joke, help someone carry their grocery to the car. Whatever you do, know that a simple smile or act of kindness to a stranger can change the course of their day, maybe even their life.
Don’t let the battery run low. Enjoy the holidays, a few late nights, and early mornings. As long as you don’t let it become an all-nighter or a week of staying up late. Your body has it’s own internal clock. Too many night sleeps off the schedule and your body start screaming for rest. You’ll end up with a cold, a flue, or simply exhausted and unable to enjoy what’s left of the holidays.
Are you in the habit of working out? Of daily walks or daily meditation? Whatever your fitness routine, don’t let it go completely astray during the holidays. You matter. Your body and mind matters. If you want to do something different than your normal routine, great! Go ahead. Go skiing, sledding (walking up that hill is work), snow shoeing, skating… keep moving. Staying active will keep the stress at bay. We don’t want the holidays to make you anxious.
Above are all things that are tried and true for me and my family. Do you have any other tips you can share with me? If you do, please don’t keep it to yourself. Share it with the rest of us in the comments below.
Yours in health ~ Nancy Shimmy