The holidays are stressful.
Gift shopping. Present wrapping. Dinner cooking. Party hosting. Treat baking. Decorating.
This chaotic mess of festivity can make anyone lose their state of zen pretty darn quickly. While it may seem like you don’t have the time to get to a blissful frame of mind, taking a few moments to regain your sanity will be worthwhile.
Here are 5 simple ways to find your zen this holiday season:
It’s hard to clear your mind of your to-do list. Sometimes taking just a few short moments to forget about it can recharge your snowy brain so you can accomplish things more efficiently and effectively.
Need help guiding yourself into a zen state? Check out “guided meditations” on YouTube. Put on some headphones and tune out the rest of the world for a few minutes.
No, dashing to the store or reaching for the roll of wrapping paper doesn’t count. Take advantage of the snow and put on those snow shoes. Bundle up and go for a walk. Throw on an exercise video (and a spandex body suit, obviously) and do a workout in the livingroom. Release all of that extra holiday stress and burn off those extra cookie calories. Your body and mind will thank you.
Healthy food and lots water.
Rum and eggnog is barely dairy. Cookies are not a food group (although they should be).
Christmas treats are inevitable. Don’t add extra stress to yourself by avoiding them, but make sure you are fuelling your body with that veggie plate that’s been put out. Drink lots of water. Don’t fill up on only sugary treats. A sugar crash is not going to contribute to your productivity.
Take “You” time.
There’s a lot of time put into doing things for others over the holiday season, and that’s SUPER rad. However, you’re going to start running on empty if you forget about yourself. Keep up with your journal. Take a long bath. Enjoy your coffee in front of the fireplace. Do whatever it is that brings you to your zen. Don’t forget to take care of you.
This is supposed to be a time to enjoy. Before you spend time and energy on anything, really consider if it’s going to be worth your while. If you’re feeling the fatigue set in ask yourself if putting up decorations in each bedroom (on top of the rest of the house you’ve already done) is going to benefit everyone. If the answer is no, forget about it. Put that energy into doing other things you may enjoy more, like hiding your kid’s Elf on the Shelf* that you currently love and hate .
(*This reference to Elf on the Shelf was my kind way of reminding you that you need to do that still. Go on. I’ll wait here until you get back. Need ideas? Click here for my resource list.)
It’s easy to get caught up in the things we need to get done, but try not to forget to enjoy this time of the year. Taking the time to regain your feelings of zen during the holiday season will make it so much more enjoyable for you and those around you. You’ll have and be more fun, and won’t lose your spot on Santa’s “Good list”.