1. Make a Plan
2. Recruit Help
If you can’t imagine skipping some of the traditional holiday activities, get help from others. Bake with your close friends or family in your COVID safe circle and share the bounty with each other. Get your kids, spouse, or others to help address your cards, or create labels and have kids put them on the envelopes. It may not be the “traditional way,” but it’s the thought that counts. Get creative to find other ways to simplify or solicit help. It can bring the family together and create some fun in the process.
3. Map Out a Schedule
4. Beware of Holiday Eating
5. Reassess Your Expectations
6. Relax and Restore
Sometimes we forget to do the things that help us restore our minds and bodies. Even if you can take ten minutes by yourself to do a breathing meditation, you can lower your stress in a matter of minutes. If you visualize that you are breathing in serenity and breathing out stress, you will find the positive effects of this simple yet very effective exercise. If you are good at napping, do so without guilt. A short 15 to 20-minute nap can re-energize you to tackle more holiday activities. Do what works for you; it will help in the long run.
Finding time for yourself is especially important during the busy days ahead. Be sure to carve out “me” time in the coming days. Core Recovery wishes you a happy, healthy and stress-free, holiday season.