Don’t worry, I am not starting crazy holiday content yet. Consider this a little pre-holiday content. The holidays will be here before we know it, and while it is an exciting time, it is also a really stressful, hectic, overwhelming time of year. It can also be an extremely emotional and / or lonely time depending on your situation. So this month’s wellness focus is on the holidays. And I’m not talking about “tips not to gain weight over the holidays”. I’m really talking about mental wellness during the holidays.
When we are little, the holidays are the most exciting time of the year. We get presents, breaks from school, yummy treats and meals, maybe some parties, the list goes on and on. But as adults, things definitely change because you are the one buying the presents, planning the meals, making sure things go as planned. What is once a fun time of year because super stress inducing (don’t get me wrong, it is fun too).
So before things really kick into gear, I want you to take a step back and mentally prepare yourself. These are a few of my thoughts –
1. Get organized
Take a little time to get organized. Make some lists, get your head on straight. Plan it out. I am talking a little bit more about this in my newsletter, so if you want more, sign up at the bottom of the post. It goes out tomorrow.
As much as we try, we can’t do it all. Pick the top 3 or 5 most important things. Focus on those and leave the rest. Maybe you don’t need to host 3 different Christmas parties at your house this year. Or maybe you don’t have to decorate every square inch of your house. Or maybe you don’t need to send cards to every single person you have ever met (or anyone!). Pick a few things that are really important to you – decorating the tree as a family, making your favorite pie for Thanksgiving, having a holiday movie marathon – and don’t stress about the rest.
3. Take time for yourself
As women, we have the tendency to everything for everyone else but not take time for ourselves. And since there is so much going on during this time of year, we tend to burn out by the end. Take a little time for yourself – take a hot bath, meditate, go for a run. Whatever it is that makes you feel good, do it.
This is a magical time, especially if you have kids. You are your worst critic. Do what you can and just enjoy. I promise you, no one is going to notice all those things you are stressing about (unless you burn the Thanksgiving turkey to ashes and, honestly, they might notice).
So these are just a few thoughts to help you get through the holidays!
Last month’s wellness topic was to give meal planning a try. How did it go? Meal planning is really a lifesaver for me. And since we are entering the busiest time of year, you might find it really comes in handy now too!