The holidays are a time of consistent commitments and what seems to be endless food and drinks. It’s the best time of the year right? Well, yes and no. Most of us feel the holiday spirit, it’s almost palpable, but in that holiday spirit we spread ourselves thin from traveling around the country to family gatherings to shopping for the perfect gift.
It’s not like we don’t want to participate in these things, but it takes us away from our routines and ourselves. As much as this time of year is magical, expectations and commitments with family and friends create stress. But if we can continually connect with ourselves and stay grounded we are less likely to feel depleted and/or get sick.
3 Ways to Slow Down During the Holidays
- Start your morning with 15 minutes for yourself whether it been reading, meditating, moving your body, singing, or dancing. No interruptions. No excuses.
- Nourish yourself. Make a conscious decision to have at least one healthy, whole foods-based meal a day. This can be a quinoa and vegetable based lunch or grabbing a fresh pressed juice while out and about. These nutrients will give you the energy you need to get through the holidays. This is necessary when battling the sluggish feeling of eating way too many sweets.
- Disconnect. Unplug. Start with 15 minutes and work up to 3 hours without accessing your phone or the internet. This will help keep you grounded and give your body and mind a chance to connect. Otherwise we get so busy doing, we can’t just be. And this can lead to sickness.
It didn’t click until I started writing this post that this is exactly why I get sick almost every year right after Chirstmas. From traveling to stress and always feeling like I have to be “on” I lack a healthy outlet to come back to my center. I am going to do my absolute best this year to follow my 3 steps. And hopefully I will come out this holiday season without being sick on New Year’s Eve.
What do you guys do to keep sane during the holiday hustle and bustle?
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