Your Holiday Survival Guide
This unfortunately is a normal feeling for so many of us during the holiday season. And this is why we want to give you some suggestions on how to turn things around this holiday season. As you know, when you get stressed and run-down, your immune system takes a beating
The good news is – we’re here to change all this. Keep reading for our tips on how to survive the holidays. Keep stress levels low, keep up your healthy lifestyle habit, and yes enjoy the holiday meals and treats. It’s all about balance and keeping the joy and fun in the holiday spirit.
Drop Holiday Expectations
We all get so caught up in pleasing everyone over the holidays that we end up neglecting our own needs. This is what happens with expectations. So, this holiday season, we urge you to let go of these stressful demands. Think about what is most important to you over the holidays.
Is it spending time with your close family members who you don’t see often? Is it cooking a fabulous meal for your friends and family?
Choose two things that you want to prioritize this holiday season and make these your priorities. Remember, you can’t do everything, be everywhere or please every person. Our hope is that when you focus on two key holiday priorities, you’ll have time for yourself. The key is not to fill up this time with doing things for others – take a nap, enjoy a long hot bath, go for a walk, go out for a meal – really do whatever helps you recharge.
When we get caught up in perfectionism, it’s very easy to lose sight of what is truly important during the holidays. Friends, family and health. This year, to help you keep from drowning in the pressures of perfectionism, think about keeping a gratitude list.
Each day write down one thing you’re grateful for. Place this piece of paper somewhere where you’ll see it frequently.
When the day gets crazy or when you feel overwhelmed with yet another holiday obligation, think of that thing you wrote down on your piece of paper. It’s amazing what the power of positive thought and having a feeling of gratitude can do for your health, happiness, stress levels and immune system strength
Move, Smile, and Breathe
You start to stress, you feel tired, you get sick, and your family feels the same. This is not how you want to spend the holidays. This is the year you change all this and make sure that you and your family members have the time to live a healthy life.
- Make time to move. This means scheduling time for yourself and your family to get some exercise. Whether this is a family walk every evening, getting to every hockey practice, or committing to your yoga schedule – prioritize what works for each family member.
- Make time for fun. Think of the things you do as a family and alone that get you smiling and relaxed. Saturday afternoon movies, pizza night, book club – whatever it is, make sure these continue during the holiday season.
- Make time to breathe. This might seem a bit strange, but when we’re so busy rushing from event to event, it can be hard to keep track of where you are. By taking a deep breath before you leave the house or before you start a new holiday project, you’re able to clear your mind and focus on what you’re doing right now. This brings better focus and appreciation to what is in front of you.
Remember, the holidays are supposed to be a joyful and happy time. It can be easy to get sucked into the holiday frenzy. We’ve all done it. Make 2018 different and make this the holiday season that you stay focused on what is truly important to you.