As exciting as it is, Holiday commotion can be very stressful! Reminders of the coming joy with Christmas songs, parties, foods, constant bombardment of shopping or gift advertisements, and reminders of emotional tensions or lost loved ones. If you are celebrating Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, other celebrations, or none at all, you are not immune to the stress of the season. Don’t fear though, there are ways to keep your overwhelm in check by being attentive to your own needs.
- Plan ahead to make some time for something you love to do in the middle of all the commotion. Enjoy your favorite coffee drink or tea, or a sweet treat. Consider that allowing yourself the freedom to enjoy a treat you really like (if it is not severely detrimental to your current health state) that is not so nutritious while also knowing that you will not be eating this way continuously may actually make you more likely to return to eating healthier.
- Live in the present moment…knowing that the season doesn’t last forever.
- Find something to look forward to everyday. I would add finding something healthy to do for yourself everyday.
- Try to stay on top of your usual workload. Many people take vacation at this time, however some people don’t. I like to look at this time as an opportunity to get things done (either catch up or get ahead of the game with my work and planning) while others are taking a break! This way, when everyone gets back to normal routine, I feel a little less burdened than I would have otherwise.
- Be grateful. Make a list of all of the things you appreciate in your life and about your health.
Wellness is a wonderful gift this time of year!