Thank you for joining us for this week’s blog! Last week we discussed some of the lighter contributors to holiday stress: weather changes, that never-ending “to-do” list, and financial limitations. This week, we focus on some other lighter factors that present as challenges when we’re rolling into the holidays. Some of these include feeling that there is so little time to do everything we need/want to do, having many social commitments and trying to stay on track with our physical health and well-being.
Lack of time & Social Commitments
Time is such a precious commodity, and it seems to slip right through our fingers, especially during this time of year. What makes the time go by so quick? It seems to be while we are doing something we enjoy, or when we have an impending deadline. We are always in search of ways to have more time or stay just a little longer.
Here are some strategies you can try to balance your time and social commitments during this holiday season:
- Be in the moment. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again! Practicing mindfulness, or being present in the moment, really is such a valuable tool. Often we end up spending time with people who are important to us but spend that time thinking about other things. This can cause the time to pass by in what feels like a quicker way. If we stay in the moment and focus on those people, you will feel like the quality of time spent has a higher value, leaving you more satisfied with the experience.
- Reflect on your priorities. We are bombarded with invites during this time, so take some time to prioritize which events you want to attend. Consider your priorities and those of your family. In making this decision know that it is okay to say no! It is essential to select where to focus your time and be intentional about it – focus on those events that are not stressful and bring you and your family joy.
- Be intentional about spending time with those outside of your usual circle of loved ones. In thinking about prioritizing your time, the same rules apply when it comes to spending time with people who might be outside of your circle of loved ones. Maybe it’s a friend or a family member that you haven’t seen in a long time. It’s great if you can visit with them, but just make it an intentional visit. As we mentioned earlier, be present at the moment and you perhaps only need to visit for an hour – after all, it’s about the quality of the visit. Intention creates some amazingly efficient experiences during this time.
Maintaining your physical health & well-being
As the Grinch famously says ‘and they’ll feast, feast, feast’. The holidays and food go hand in hand. What’s the holidays without food, right? It seems that everything is abundant during this time. We believe that it’s all about balance and focusing on what is important to you – this pertains to not only your time and commitments but your physical health as well. Something important to consider when it comes to your physical health during this time is perspective. Will it completely derail your progress or potential for progress if you indulge in a few meals? Likely not, because what matters is the decisions you make after. Deciding to get back on track is the most significant predictor to your success. The good news is that the option to get back on track is available to you at any time. Enjoy, and plan to get back on track when you feel like you are ready (New Year’s resolution, anyone?).
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Holiday wishes and see you in 2020!
In the spirit of “practising what you preach”, we will be taking some time off of our blogs over the holiday break. We will be re-connecting in the New Year to cover some exciting and exciting new topics!
As you take time with your family and friends this holiday season, we remind and encourage you to stay in the moment and be truly present as much as possible. Make lots of wonderful memories and cherish the time you have with the ones you love. We look forward to re-connecting in 2020 and continuing to be a support for you in your wellness journey.
Although we will be taking a break from our blogs, as always, our team is available to support you when you need it. If you feel that you need some extra support as we get closer to the holidays, please contact us, and we will be happy to support you.