Lately work has been crazy... and I'm trying to write 50,000 words of my novel by 12/1, and I blog everyday, and I need time to go for a run or do yoga and of course I love spending time with loved ones and just relaxing and now there is holiday preparations to add to the mix. Phew! There's a lot going on! And if I'm going to be honest it's not always easy to balance everything and keep my sanity and health in tact.
So how do you stay grounded and mindful during such a crazy time of year? I have 5 ways that help me ensure that I continue working out, don't have a melt down and still have time to really enjoy the holiday season.
Erin's Guide to Staying Grounded during the Holidays
1. Breathe Deeply
I meditate everyday for 2 minutes and if I skip these 2 little minutes my whole day feels off - I am more easily agitated, I feel wound up and stressed out and I even walk faster. However, on days that I simply sit down and take deep breaths for 2 minutes I feel light and happy. I move slower and smile more. Seriously 2 minutes. And you don't have to meditate persay, you can just breathe and focus on a word that makes you feel good, like: joy, happy, ocean, sunshine, etc. I bet you'll notice a difference as soon as the two minutes are up (but don't give up if you don't right away, it might take you a little time to unwind).
2. Exercise every day!
Moving your body is one of the best things you can do for your mental, physical and emotional health. Even just 30 minutes a day of activity like running, walking, doing yoga, playing tag with your kids, anything that gets your body going will help you stay healthy this time of year and help prevent you from having a breakdown. Honestly, I have a friend that does kick boxing throughout December as a way to deal with the stress of the holidays and she swears that it helps her stay balanced. So, be sure to schedule in exercise time at least 5 days a week so it doesn't get forgotten!
3. Remember to give yourself time
Listen closely: You do NOT have to go to every single holiday get together, you do NOT need to bake for every party, you do NOT need to do anything you don't want to. Seriously. It's true. And reminding yourself to say NO once in awhile and opting for a quiet night reading or snuggling with your loved ones is good for you! Everyday you'll feel better if you put aside even just 10 minutes to do something you want to - read, go for a walk, take a bubble bath, just sit with a cup of tea. Whatever YOU want.
Now, I realize that on 12/24 you will probably not have a lot of time for any of this so just remember to enjoy yourself. The holidays are meant to be a time to connect with loved ones and be thankful not rush around and make everything "perfect". So enjoy yourself and everyone else around you will too!