Holiday Wellness Strategies

I know you’re already in the thick of things when it comes to the holidays. Did you know that there are approximately 41 days every year from the beginning of Thanksgiving week to January 1st, the end of the holiday season? It’s a fun and festive time and it can be stressful. Even our furry friends get bluesy.

Since we’re only half way through the season, now would be a good time to checkin with yourself. If you haven’t put wellness strategies in place STOP and consider doing this now. Maybe you’re enjoying yourself and sailing through the holiday season with bells on. In that case, wellness strategies are important to maintain your happiness. You might, however, be struggling with the down side of the holidays- anxiety and depression. You may be grieving. Many people feel sad during the holidays. In that case, wellness strategies are important to manage your moods and to push you to be with people and do activities that are uplifting.

The most important thing you can do to ensure your wellness during the holiday season is to plan ahead. Focus on what really matters. Then, focus on you and what you need. Finally, focus on others. When you focus on self-care, you’re more available to others. You’re more mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually aware and you bring your best self to the party. You can be there for others when you’re there for yourself.

Click on the links below to read articles from WEBMD and The Huffington Post on taking care of yourself during the holidays. These two articles are all you need to come up with your own best strategies.  Best wishes,  MaryLee

25 Ways To Find Joy And Balance During The Holidays

Restoring Faith To The Approaching Holidays

Three Simple Ways to Keep Your Sanity & Your Sobriety Through the Holidays

 

Do you get overwhelmed during the holidays? Don’t worry you’re not alone!  Expectations are high of the magical experience the holidays are supposed to be and though you may feel joyous and grateful for your many blessings, sometimes you get carried away with the parties, social events, gift giving and fabulous food. Try this helpful check-in before the season starts so you can be more proactive this year.

Here are three simple ideas to keep you calm, cool, sane and sober during the holidays. 1) Ask yourself what the holidays are really about for you. What would make the holidays more fulfilling this year? Should you do more, reach out more, or do less, and stop reaching so much? Is there a better way of celebrating and gift giving that would be better for you this year? 2) Know how much money you have to spend. Be clear where you want your bank account to be on January 2nd. If you’re flush – go for it! If you’re not, there are lots of ways to celebrate the holidays such as setting time aside to be with the people you love, donating your time to a worthy cause instead of giving gifts, or being creative and giving gifts from the heart. 3) Be realistic about your energy and your time. Look at your calendar. Do you need to impose holiday ground rules with yourself? Do you need to add to or take away from what’s on your calendar? How do you want to feel mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually in January?

Managing and protecting your energy is as simple as applying mindfulness to your activities. Take a piece of paper from a large sketch pad and list everything that you have to do between now and January 2nd. Include work, entertaining, attending parties, cooking, cleaning, buying gifts, phone calls, cards, emails, tips, and traveling. Apply tips 1,2 and 3. Develop an alternative strategy, if necessary.

I wish many blessings for you and your family and friends, and the happiest and healthiest holiday season!,

Warmly, MaryLee