Holidays can be the most stressful times of the year and even though we love seeing our families (for the most part) and showering everyone with gifts - there needs to be a middle ground here.
In order to avoid holiday burnout, physically and financially, we must take steps to practice self care. So, how do we fit this in every day while running around like chickens with our heads cut off? Simple. We make time because it is necessary... for our sanity's sake.
1) Say NO
You don't need to be at every holiday party and silly gift swap - it's redundant and honestly, it can take a lot out of you. Feel free to say no to running around on Christmas day and just relax at home with your family. Do a Skype or Facetime chat instead - let them see your face and wish them a happy holiday and tell them you're staying put, they'll appreciate your small effort.
2) Give yourself time to holiday shop
Don't wait until the last minute to get your gifts, find a Saturday to tackle your list but also, don't plan anything else for that day. When you aren't rushed you will accomplish so much more. Grab a coffee from the food court at the mall, browse around, find thoughtful, more affordable gifts that you know your family will really like and actually USE! Have a list handy with ideas for each person and just go down the list. Don't break the bank, have a budget in mind. No need to squeeze it all in one day but if you can at least get half done, you will feel less pressure on you! Then, at the end of your shopping trip, go home and rest for the night, maybe wrap a few gifts while watching your favorite show or listening to Christmas music by the fireplace.
3) Business Owners... Be proactive!
If you know the holidays are busy for your business, be proactive and get your work done before the holidays hit. You don't want to be working late or checking emails while the kids open their presents on Christmas morning. Take the first few weeks of December to make a plan and execute it as efficiently as possible. Make a list if you need to and make sure you fulfill all tasks before the 23rd of the month. When you practice organization and think ahead, this can be a major weight of your shoulders! And hey, why not reward yourself for completing those jobs? Merry freaking Christmas to your damn self!
4) Remember the Basics
With any self care routine, you must always: get enough sleep, drink plenty of water and eat right! Try to go to bed early or sleep in if you can. Drink up to 8 glasses of water a day to keep yourself hydrated and feeling good! Make sure you fit in your healthy foods along with the occasional treats because, as we all know, junk food snacking is inevitable during the holidays. Also, make sure you take care of your skin! Always wash your face and moisturize - this is a must during the colder months, especially when your feeling stressed.
5) Lastly, find time for YOU
With all this running around you might need a time out. Take an hour to visit a bookstore, go get breakfast/lunch/dinner by yourself, take a warm bath, enjoy a nice workout, find a fun hobby or just DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. It may be the holidays but you need to put yourself first in order to get everything done.
You can't possibly be in the holiday spirit if your mind and body aren't in the right space. You must learn to decipher what is important and what isn't necessary. When you decide on that, you can enjoy your holiday season without dealing with all the anxiety that comes with it. Use these tips this month and get ready to slay the new year!
-The Blonde Boss xo