Can you believe it is the end of November? Once the holiday season kicks in time seems to fly by. From the beginning of November through the first couple weeks of December many of us are frantically scrambling from potluck to party to family gatherings to Christmas, and in between all of this trying to manage the tasks of our daily lives. This can be overwhelming and stressful, to say the least.
Holidays are a time to celebrate and enjoy the company we have, not beat ourselves up and feel wrung out as we bring in the New Year. By making a simple mind shift and looking at the holidays with your well-being in mind, you can ease stress, enjoy the holiday season, and bring in the New Year ready to take on the world.
Here are a few tips and tricks for navigating December with your well-being in mind:
- Plan Your Self-Care
We are in the midst of the season of giving. Between gifts, donations and, volunteering it is easy to forget about self-care. Keep your mind, body, and spirit thriving this season by planning time for your self-care. That’s right, bust out your planner, calendar, cell phone, whatever it is you use to schedule your time and start working on your December self-care plan. We are talking about 10-15 minutes every day dedicated to you.
Yes, you have a lot on your plate right now which is even more reason to make your daily self-care nonnegotiable. Taking this short amount of time to focus on yourself will help boost your energy and make you more effective with your daily tasks.
Mix it up and find a routine that works best for you. Your schedule might look something like this: Saturday: morning walk, Sunday: guided meditation, Monday: HIIT workout, Tuesday: affirmations, Wednesday: yoga, Thursday: gratitude journal, Friday: relaxing bath.
- Nourish Your Body
It’s amazing what our bodies can do for us when we provide them with the proper fuel. During the holidays it can be challenging to get the nutrients our bodies require. A holiday feast doesn’t typically feature a wide spectrum of vegetables accompanied by a lovely green juice. The good news is, you can help keep your body nourished by focusing on your fruits and veggies in between celebrations and supplementing with some superfoods. If you haven’t yet, give New Earth’s organic Wild Microalgae® a try. It is loaded with beautiful light pigments, a wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids.
Don’t forget that nourishing your body includes hydration. This time of year typically brings a variety of adult beverages, and it can be easy to have one too many. It’s important to stay hydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of water (more than you usually do). If you are one who enjoys fresh fruit and veggie juice be sure to get your daily green drinks, especially the day after a celebration.
- Get Organized
Why not try to get ahead of the chaos and do a little planning? Spend a few minutes with your partner, family, or whoever you will be celebrating with this month and work out a schedule. Keep your holiday goal of well-being in mind. Do you want to save a few evenings for yourself or would you rather be surrounded by family and friends every night? Are there shopping days you need to plan to avoid the last minute rush? Take a little time and gather your thoughts. Think about what your holiday goals are and how you want to feel. Then, make your plans accordingly.
If you are able to do just one thing for yourself this holiday season, be sure to take some time each day to focus on you. When you feel your best you can give your best, and it is, after all, the season of giving.