Holiday Hacks To Keep Your Health In Mind
When planning the holiday season, things can get out of hand fast. Shopping, cooking, gift wrapping, decorating, planning parties, and even sending out holiday cards are all tasks that can be simple and fun, but only if planned and spaced accordingly to better manage the stress. Here are some hacks to making your holiday more enjoyable while keeping your health in mind:
Start planning and shopping early! As the holidays get closer, shops get busier, and the to-do list gets longer. Start working on your to-do list early on and divide your tasks so that you do not have it pile up as your many events draw near.
As soon as your day starts, dump everything you need to do that day onto a sheet of paper. By doing this, you can visually see your tasks and then prioritize them in a way where you do what needs to be done first and cross it off your list.
Stay Reasonably Connected
There are a ton of events to attend during the holidays. Overcommitting can be a struggle for some, but evaluate where and how you spend your time. Now is the time to reconnect with your family and friends so let’s make it a positive experience all the way around.
Take the Shortcuts
From cooking shortcuts to learning to delegate can be found in numerous places. Involving the family in planning and cooking can be a fun tradition. Potluck parties can save you time and money. Ask your guests to bring sides while you plan the main dish, or even get them in charge of drinks and disposable plates. Whatever can make you enjoy your holiday. The tricky part is to prioritize your needs and find out what can only be done by you and what can be “outsourced”.
Find the Joy and Gratitude
Gratitude lists are proven to help with shifting perspectives and more mindfulness. During the holidays, we can get caught up in the hustle. We encourage you to take a step back and find joy in the little moments surrounding you throughout the holiday season.
Take a Break
It is important to take care of yourself during the holiday season. Whether that means taking a nap, going for a walk, or even sitting by the fireplace with your favorite holiday drink watching a movie. Remember that taking a break can look different for everyone and can lead to more focused energy on the things that matter to you.
No matter what you decide to do this holiday season, make sure to prioritize YOU and take care of your physical and mental health. After all, you have worked hard this year and deserve to rest and celebrate life.