Use these tips to maintain your calm, stay fit and focused, and ease the chaos of the season.
Increased social commitments. Gift shopping. Decorating, cooking, and houseguests.
While all of these are wonderful, they can add extra items on a to-do list that is already chocked full. This disruption of routine can cause anxiety or stress, even if you look forward to all of the traditions of the season.
Schedule time for self-care.
Consciously scheduling moments to rest and rejuvenate can help you hold on to the joy this season is all about.
Yoga and Stretching: Try adding a short yoga or stretching sequence to your morning routine. Starting a busy day with a mind-body connection can be grounding and can leave you feeling better prepared to tackle your full schedule.
Massage or Foam Roll: Don’t let the tension and anxiety get out of hand. Schedule a mini-session of massage or foam rolling at the end of the day to relieve those worked up muscle spasms. Those extra trips around the mall can leave your feet sore, so treat them to a little foot care while catching up on your favorite seasonal movie during some downtime.
Keep your gym schedule: It can be tempting to throw your gym schedule out the window when your schedule gets full. Don’t. Maintain your sanity by maintaining your workouts! Consistent workouts will help to boost endorphins and help burn off those extra cookies that may find their way to your plate. Plus, if you’ve been good about keeping your schedule, you’ll fly right into the new year with good habits.
Let Go Notions of Perfection: It’s not always easy, but keep a realistic idea of what can and cannot be accomplished at this time of year. Find joy in the people, places, and things that come your way this season, and let go of the burned pies and negative emotions that will inevitably make an appearance this time of year.
No shame in opting out: You may feel an increasing pressure to say yes to every invitation and person. Be sure to identify boundaries and really recognize the obligations you are truly capable of. It can cause undue stress to fulfill the ones don’t work for you. If you feel bullied or pressured into meeting another person’s expectations, take the “opt-out route” if it conflicts with your needs or the needs of your loved ones.
Taking time to mindfully reflect on what truly matters, helps us keep our perspective and keeps the joy alive in our hearts.