It’s the most wonderful time of year - but, for some of us, it can also be one of the most stressful. Between juggling family visits, tying up work projects, shopping for last-minute gifts and getting the house in order, you may find you have a lot on your plate at Christmastime. So how can you get through the holiday season without losing your cool?
1. Take time out
You’re busy organising, entertaining and taking care of everyone else, but don’t forget to look after the person that matters most: YOU! Spend some quality “me” time doing something that makes you feel happy and relaxed. Whether it’s getting out in nature, taking a yoga class or unwinding with a long bath, give yourself permission to refresh and recharge by doing something that you love. It could be as simple as meditating for ten minutes each morning - being still and taking long deep breaths will help you to stay calm and focused, reduce anxiety and increase your productivity while you go about your day.
2. Treat your body like a temple
Christmas is traditionally a time for eating and drinking - which is why many of us have a tendency to overdo it on the treats. So, this time around, why not prepare a few healthier options as part of your Christmas meal? Here are some yummy ideas for your table that won’t leave you feeling bloated. Between all your social events, make sure you’re eating nutritious food and drinking lots of water to stay hydrated. Plus, by getting a good sleep each night, you’ll be able to keep your energy levels up during the day.
3. It’s okay to say ‘no’
When so many people are asking for a little bit of your precious time, it can be tempting to say ‘yes’ to everything. But here’s the thing: you don’t need to accept every invitation and attend every party. Be realistic about your schedule, and how many activities you can fit into it. You may find it helpful to draw up a list prioritising your events, and the things that you need to get done. Then, you can focus on the ones you most want (or need) to do - and let go of the rest. Don’t forget, it’s important to let go of the attached guilt too!
4. Connect with others
While you may be surrounded by friends and family, Christmas can be a challenging and lonely period for those less fortunate - so make it a time for sharing and sending love to someone who could use a little extra soul cuddle this year. There are plenty of organisations that provide support such as meals, hampers and companionship during the holiday season. Volunteering not not only helps others, it has mental health benefits for you as well. If you don’t have time to spare, then a small donation goes a long way. Even your unwanted gifts could mean the world to someone else! Remember whatever you give out, you receive back...
5. Remember what it’s all about!
It’s so easy to get caught up in the frenzy of activity that usually takes place at this time of year. But instead of getting bogged down with worry about what might go wrong or what’s already happened, try to stay present and focus on what’s really important: spreading joy and happiness and spending quality time doing things you love with people who mean the world to you. Every moment we have with our loved ones is precious - so enjoy it! LAUGH! Lots. Very loudly! We can’t take it too seriously - there’s a reason they call it ‘the silly season’, after all!
LV Chair Yoga - Australia wishes you lots of love, luck and laughter over the holidays!