The holiday rush is in full swing now that Thanksgiving is over! For most of us the holidays are a fun time of year, especially if we have young children around and far-away family members come to visit.
It’s interesting to note the inordinate amount of focus, energy and even money we expend over the 30 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. These days add up to less than 10% of our year in numbers, but the energy and focus far surpass that figure!
Parties are fun and giving is greatly rewarding, but the increased commitments and the interruptions to our normal schedule can wreak havoc on our wellness routines.
It’s important to be flexible for special occasions and holidays – and it’s equally important to maintain some level of balance so we can be fully present and enjoy life at this time of year while feeling our best.
Be Mindful of These Common Holiday Energy Zappers:
- Thinking about, shopping for, wrapping and sending gifts
- Planning and hosting gatherings for family and friends
- Attending festivities and parties, including office parties
- Spending larger than usual amounts of money
- Traveling long distances via car and airplane
- Spending time away from home
Many of these activities are things we look forward to and that bring us great joy. Others may produce less positive results.
- Increased stress and worry; sometimes sadness
- Decreased sleep
- Bloating and weight gain
- Interrupted exercise regimens
- Interruptions in other wellness practices like journaling and meditation
It’s always a good idea to pay attention to your inner voice and take note of any rising internal stress or pressure.
When you feel life getting out of control, it’s time to take a break and pulls things back. Here are some easy ways to keep the busy season from going from fun to frantic:
- Take a moment each day to sit quietly, close your eyes and breathe. Remind yourself about what’s truly important.
- At the start of each week plan when you’ll exercise: run or walk outside, practice yoga, work up a sweat and blow off steam at a fitness class. Move your body in a way that challenges you and feels good.
- Write your thoughts and concerns in a journal.
- Take a warm bath and listen to meditative music.
- Splurge once in a while but commit to eating mindfully and healthfully. You will not regret it and you’ll feel much better!
All of these practices will make you slow down enough to reconnect and feel grounded. We control the speed of our lives and we control how we react to every situation. Commit to staying balanced during the holidays and enjoy every day!