How is your week going?
Are you feeling stressed or overwhelmed at this time of year?
The Festive Season can sometimes be the opposite of joyful, especially if you are hosting events. BUT it doesn’t have to be that way and you can still enjoy the experience with a few daily tweaks to help you stay healthy in mind, body and spirit.
Remember the Festive season is a time for joy, love and peace and you deserve to experience that as well as giving that to others. I’m preparing for our combined family get-together this coming Sunday. We will have 17 on the 17th and it is the first time both sides of the family have been together for several years.
Mike and I love hosting these Festive lunches and I feel joy being able to have the family together. I love all the preparation but understand that I need to take care of myself if I want to enjoy the whole experience.
5 daily tips to take the stress out of the Festive Season
I’m excited and there is a bit to do BUT to combat stress and getting overwhelmed I’m doing four things each day to help me cope.
1. Have a plan
Mike and I have been making our lists and checking them twice. Mike has wrapped the gifts – he is the expert in our house. We share the workload and work as a team.
2. Take time for your health each day
A quick 20 minute walk or dancing to Christmas music can help your mental well being as well as your physical health. Eating healthy options and drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated will help with energy levels.
3. Take 5 minutes to breathe
If you are feeling stressed – count your breath! Be in the moment and enjoy it rather than worrying about the day. Here are some breathing techniques which may help 10 Breathing Exercises to Try: For Stress, Training, and Lung Capacity (healthline.com)
4. Remember YOU ARE HUMAN – EVERYTHING DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT!
Sometimes we are so hard on ourselves and raise the bar. We feel we have failed if everything isn’t perfect. Let’s take the pressure off, enjoy what you are doing and remember why – bringing joy and love to your family and friends.
5. Ask for help
Don’t feel you can’t ask for help either in preparation or on the day. If you feel stressed about the menu ask everyone to bring a plate.
“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.”Peg Bracken