One Singular Sensation
‘Tis the season to be jolly, but sometimes it feels more overwhelming than merry. Drop the multi-tasking mayhem and focus. On. One. Thing. At. A. Time. Allow yourself to fully embrace each experience without worrying about your lengthy list of to-dos. Trust us, they will still be there. In the meantime, you’ll better enjoy each moment and recharge a bit to boot. Engage your senses, taking in the sights, sounds and smells as you bake holiday cookies or take a snowy walk. Slow down and truly revel in the holiday spirit.
Making a List
It’s not as fun as Santa’s Naughty or Nice list, but a daily to-do list is just as important. The key is to prioritize and keep it realistic with tasks you can actually achieve. A realistic to-do list will not only help you get organized, but let you feel successful as you cross off your accomplishments. Prioritize your favorite holiday traditions and don’t feel guilty about letting other time-consuming, lofty plans go.
While you’re making your to-dos, don’t forget to put yourself on the top of your list. Yes, physically schedule some “me” time. Spending a little downtime will actually make you more effective at accomplishing all the rest of your to-dos. Light a fire, grab a good book and relax. A quick mani/pedi with your girlfriend can also help you recharge. Or plan a night to drive around and look at the lights. And don’t feel guilty about saying “no” occasionally.
A Healthy Holiday
In addition to downtime, it’s also important to focus on your health with healthy meals and exercise. Heart-healthy fish and antioxidant fruits and vegetables, especially dark leafy greens, can not only give you vital energy, but also help detoxify the holiday overindulgences. Exercise is a great way to neutralize the stress hormone cortisol. Free your mind and your body tension with yoga. Or take a walk and enjoy the winter scenery. The frosty air will exhilarate. And don’t forget, a good night’s sleep is crucial for a healthy state of mind.
Gather your gifts and have a wrap party with your besties. This isn’t another worry-inducing party to plan. This is low-key casual, where everyone brings their favorite drink and a simple snack to nosh. You can make your presents perfect while enjoying perfectly pleasant conversation with your friends. Put on your favorite mood-lifting holiday movie or jingle some holiday cheer with your best-loved seasonal music.
A Little Help from Your Friends
Just because you’re hosting the family holiday gathering, that doesn’t mean you have to do it all. Let everyone chip in and help. Create an easy sign-up. There are even free online tools like SignUpGenius.com that make it super simple. And while you’re planning to deck the halls for your holiday bash, keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be magazine-ready. Remember, those splashy pages are planned months in advance by a team of professional designers.
Donate old Decorations
As you’re decorating, also consider whether you really need eight tubs of decorations. Do you have any holiday décor you could donate to a charity or a family member just starting out? You’ll not only get the satisfaction of having an organized space and room for new pieces, but you’ll also experience a feel-good moment when you donate knowing you’ve just created a great gift for someone else’s holiday.