As wonderful as the season is, the holidays can be a particularly hectic time. Learning how to navigate life with joy and ease, especially through stressful times, is one of the core elements of our program Your Healthiest Self. If you haven't heard about our program, we'll share more soon. In the meantime, here are a few ideas to help you navigate the holidays with joy...
1. Get Clear on Your Vision
Give yourself permission to take the time to think through what's most important to you. Determine what you truly want -- what matters most and how you want to spend your time. Lack of clarity breeds stress, but when you know what your top priorities are and have a clear vision of the outcomes you desire, it's significantly easier to make decisions that align with those outcomes.
2. Plan & Shop for Meals in Advance
Planning your meals ahead of time helps you make healthier choices. It also removes the stress of last-minute grocery shopping and wondering what to cook. You can take into account any food preferences or allergies your guests may have, and plan how you’ll accommodate them to avoid stressful menu changes. As part of the pre-prep process, consider getting the family involved. To make it fun, you might consider taking time to visit your local farmer’s market, or do some of the planning together and head over to a natural foods store to stock up on everything you’ll need.
3. Plan Your Gifts in Advance
Last-second holiday shopping is as stressful as it gets! Instead of putting it off, get a head start by planning what you’ll give each person. This helps you avoid not-so-great impulse buys, and saves you the time of browsing around in countless stores. Also, consider purchasing eco-friendly or social good products that reflect your values. Often these brands make lovely unique gifts!
4. Think Outside the Box
In terms of gifts, think beyond the conventional. There are countless ways to gift experiences instead of tangible gifts. You can usually purchase experiences for others online, which saves you the time and stress of shopping in over-crowded malls and department stores! Experiences are often particularly meaningful and memorable for the receiver, too. And don't forget to consider donating to nonprofits in other people's names. It's a fun gift to give and it's great to talk about the reasons why you chose it. And...
5. Make Time for Yourself
The holidays can be particularly busy for many of us. But if we don’t take time for ourselves, we’ll quickly burn out. That’s why self-care is key to reducing and managing stress in every area of life. Schedule in time on your calendar for self-care, and hold yourself to it.
At the end of the day, there are many ways to reduce and manage the stress of the holiday season, but it’s up to you to take action. Start with step 1 -- get clear on your vision -- and take it one step at a time.
You may or may not know that we have a new online program that can help you design a healthy lifestyle. It's running as a pilot program and so far participation has been by invitation only. During the pilot period, we are opening and closing it periodically. But now through the end of the year, you can enter for a chance to win one year free and learn more by clicking here: Enter to Win! Sorry this giveaway has ended
As always, thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!