Ah, the holidays.
They are fun, festive andddddd sometimes frustrating. They don’t usually start out that way and
actually, most of us are excited in the beginning. We cannot wait to get in the mood for going
out to parties, spending time with friends and family or just getting
presents. Despite our good intentions to
create a wonderful time of the year, stress creeps in and can cause havoc. Somewhere along the way, we REMEMBER how
crazy our family is or how little money we have or if one is co-parenting the
struggle of holiday visitation can create stress and you can find yourself all
There are a million and one reasons to be stressed out or
spread too thin this holiday season. Despite
all of the madness, whether it be money, men or mayhem, we must take some time
for ourselves. This is not a negotiation. This is a “must” that you will need if you plan on surviving and staying positive.
- Set up some “me” time for yourself. Sounds easy and well it is. Find a time when your household is not overrun with chaos. It may be very early in the morning or late in the evening but whenever you can just allow yourself at least 10 minutes of down time. Write in a journal, read a book, close your eyes and mediate…it needs to be something you enjoy and never seem to have time for.
- Throw in a little exercise. If you are already an avid exerciser than by all means keep it up but if you are not then a 10 minute workout like, Easy 10 Minute Workout for Busy Moms is a great start. Cannot find time to do it?Well, it’s only 10 minutes! You can wake up 10 minutes earlier, exercise while watching TV or exercise before you jump in the shower. I know it sounds like an oversimplification of a task but if you make it priority to just do 10 minutes of it you will see a difference in your body and mind. The little bit of exercise will give you more energy to face the holiday madness.
- Sometimes saying “No”. Yes, we have all heard this tip many times, but have you
ever done it? It’s hard to tell friends
and family “No” sometimes but everyone needs a break. This two-letter word can keep you from
spreading yourself too thin. Now, we all
know when there are times we have to say “Yes,” but not every ask of you
is necessary. When you feel you truly need a break then take a deep breath and just say “No.”
- Shop smart. This just means to plan and map out when and where you want to go shopping and remember it will be busy out there. If you can shop online then do it. You can order gifts and have them gift wrapped and sent all over the world so don’t feel you have to go out and buy it and ship it yourself. The malls and stores are overcrowded and the lines will be long. If you can avoid it by going early in the morning or shopping during the week do that too. The time you save will give you more time to be with friends, family or just by yourself.
- Do a protective style. Ah, you didn’t expect to see this one did you. Well, it’s true that some protective styles can keep you out of your hair and give you a few extra minutes to yourself. When my hair was in twists I really had lower maintenance hair. In my post, Holiday Hair – Natural hairstyles perfect for the parties!, there are styles that are for parties but also keep you out of your hair for a few days or more.
Try one or more of these tips and notice the extra time, energy or calm you have around you. Have your fun and enjoy your festivities but just not at the expense of your sanity.
Take care Naturals,