We love the holiday season but they are often stressful times for us as well. Here are some tips for surviving the season of juggling even more tasks than usual in our over scheduled lives:
- Keep a routine – try to wake up and go to bed at the same time and keep up your exercise routine as much as possible.
- Do something for yourself everyday – take 15 minutes to read, meditate, think, listen to music or enjoy a cup of hot tea and a healthy snack.
- Focus outward and not inward – experience nature, enjoy the holiday lights and music and don’t allow yourself to be consumed by our own thoughts and worries.
- Learn If some of your relatives have always acted out or made you feel bad, chances are that won’t change. If you know what you’re getting into, it will be easier to not let them push your buttons. If things get uncomfortable go to a movie or for a drive and adjust your attitude (it is all you can control).
- Nibble a little on small bites and try not to overindulge at every celebratory meal. You don’t have to have one of everything and there will be more tomorrow.
- Try to stay connected and communicate regularly with the people you love and who love you.
- Don’t set your expectations too high and appreciate the moment, not what you plan to do next, like holding a loved ones’ hand, reading a sweet message or watching the sun rise and set. We have had some SPECTACULAR skies this month and our Texas trees are at their full color – check them out!
The hardest one of all is to learn to say “no”. You don’t have to do it all and you don’t usually have to do it right away (pace yourself) unless it is a real emergency. If there are some tasks that you truly dread, try to delegate them to a family member or close friend. Or stop doing them altogether because are they really that important?
On Ashland, this year, we are celebrating the season with a celebration just with our neighbors and friends at the Marchant homestead up the street. Everyone brings a festive dish, we wear our favorite holiday sweaters and wonders of wonders, we have a celebration of love and kindness. Cheers to you and yours!