Stress Less, Thrive More Holiday Survival Tips: Tip #2: Practice The PauseNov 23, 2022
NEW Weekly series on how to stress less and thrive more this holiday season. No matter how you celebrate, there seems to always be an additional stress component this time of year. Getting together with family, work parties, and having house guests, are all situations that come with their own challenges. Continuing this new weekly series to take us through the New Year and offer tips to move through the season seamlessly.
𝐒𝐮𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥 𝐓𝐢𝐩 #𝟐: 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞. When the parties, noise, and lights of the holiday season get to be too much, take a step back. How can you simplify and approach the holiday season in a different way? Here are some ways to pause and decompress this season to renew and recharge:
Check out. Finding time to be alone during the busy holiday season is essential. Take some time to consider what that means to you. Is a quick 5-min break here or there sufficient for you, or do you need an occasional day to chill and process? Determine your needs and schedule accordingly. Put a reminder in your phone…and follow through. Take some time to check out of the busyness, so you can stay present when it matters.
Stick to your routine. As much as possible stick to your normal routine, especially in the morning and before bed. Allowing yourself that grounding time, away from the hustle, will bring familiarity to your body and brain and help you to stay more centered.
Breathe. Anyone who knows me is not surprised this tip is in here. There is no easier way to reset than to focus on your breath—and you can do this anywhere! Breathing can help bring balance to your body, mind, and spirit. Start by a simple 4-count breath—lengthening your inhales and exhales to a smooth and even 4-count. Bring that awareness to your breath whenever you feel overwhelmed.
Delegate and ask for help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We often feel that we need to take everything on ourselves, and even feel a badge of honor for being over-busy or over-scheduled.
There is no benefit from wearing ourselves too thin. Ask for help and delegate the duties you can – even if that means that you simplify by ordering grocery delivery. Do what you can to not take on more than you can handle.
I hope you enjoy this series and if you want to take it deeper, feel free to reach out!