With the holiday season in full swing, the joy and sharing of the season is what we all look forward to. Unfortunately, there are things that can directly or indirectly impose on the festivities, and can take away the hope for fulfillment that the end of the year holidays promise.
There are some simple strategies we can all follow to make this time of the year be a more enjoyable and less stressful time. We need to start with a commitment to maintaining how we eat, sleep, spend, and take care of ourselves.
Often during the holidays, we need more time to shop, prepare, or visit; and can ignore, or by-pass, the usual activities we do to take care of ourselves, such as daily exercise, or making sure we get enough sleep.
If we over indulge with food, especially sweets and fats, or if we drink more alcohol than we usually do and do not drink enough water, or take our usual vitamin supplementation, we can find ourselves not feeling as well or rested as we normally do.
Also, taking time to slow down and have that quiet time we all need, will also bring balance to the increased work and preparation that is part of the seasonal festivities. If we are not aware of how we are caring for ourselves; this can decrease, or take away the pleasure, and fulfillment of celebrating the holidays.
Here are some tips:
1. Enjoy the spirit of the holidays – they are about giving from our heart and not necessarily our pocketbooks.
2. Maintain your usual self-care routine. If you exercise, meditate, or take vitamins, and eat well be sure to continue doing that throughout the holidays.
3. When things start getting to hectic, take some quiet time - meditating or maybe sipping tea – to help re-center your energy and your enjoyment of the holiday season.
- Dr. Georgianna Donadio