“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.” — Shirley Temple
We hope you have been enjoying the winter season – change in weather, feeling refreshed, all the trees + signs of winter, and the start to the holiday season ahead of us.
This is the perfect time to starting thinking goals for the rest of 2020 and where you want to be when we kick off the new year in just a couple of months from now.
Now is not the time to lose sight of your goals.
As we head into the busiest time of the year, it’s important that we continue to make ourselves a priority, focus on our nutrition, mindset, and moving our bodies so we feel the best as we close out this wild year.
Here’s a few tips for keeping stress levels down this holiday season:
Time with friends and family sharing delicious food and holiday cheer is the BEST part of the holiday season.
But it’s easy to get wrapped up in the work required to put on a good party. Grocery shopping, food prep, decorating, keeping the house tidy--it can overwhelm the joy of the occasion if you’re not mindful about your stress levels.
During this pandemic start thinking ahead with your holiday plans and the logistics of things.
The CDC is thinking ahead, too, as they’ve recently added comprehensive guidelines for each holiday, offering general information about celebrations during the fall and winter as well as assessments on potential activities based on risk-level. It’s a terrific resource to keep handy as the holidays approach.
1. Take stock of where you are in terms of nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress.
Mindfulness about your own well-being puts you in the driver's seat as you navigate the holidays. Victoria, BC based naturopath Dr. Kim McQueen, says to “look at the holidays as a time to enjoy yourself, but also as a time to nourish your needs. Health is a balance between burdens on your body, and your body’s ability to cope.” So the first order of business is to be honest about the tasks you’ve set out for yourself, and make sure you’re getting enough sleep and eating well so that you can handle the extra workload.
2. Ditch your inner Martha Stewart!!
Repeat after me: IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT. Really! Your guests don’t care if you spent six hours piping whipped cream inside four hundred tiny cream puffs. Your guests are here to spend time with you! So plan a menu filled with quick and easy appetizers and dishes, and keep the decorations simple. Don’t be afraid to buy ready-made appies, desserts and even main dishes so you can focus on enjoying yourself rather than exhausting yourself in the kitchen.
3. Splurge on a professional house cleaning service to get your home party-ready.
House cleaning services are worth every penny during busy times. Have your home cleaned the day before the party, so you can focus on decorating and last minute preparations instead of scrubbing toilets and mopping floors!
Feeling stressed? Burn it off with a good workout!! Go for a run, hit the gym, take a yoga class, or just put on some festive tunes and rock around the Christmas tree for half an hour. Just get moving! You’ll burn off that nervous energy and give your body a boost while you’re at it. Exercise makes you feel happy, energized and ready to take on the world!! Or, in this case, your holiday party! Or use this Christmas Tree workout!
I can’t stress this one enough. Resist the temptation to stay up into the wee hours getting jobs done. You can’t exactly be the life of the party if you’ve greet your guests with a yawn and bags under your eyes. Besides, if you’re tired, you can’t work effectively. Didn’t get as much party planning done today as you hoped? No matter. Get to bed early, and you’ll be twice as efficient tomorrow. I promise!