Five Quick Tips for Surviving the Holidays

By Natalie Gentry

The holiday season can be a challenging time of year. With so much work on our plates, parties to attend, gifts to buy, travel plans to make, guests to prepare for, and our own emotional needs to tend to it’s no wonder many of us feel stressed and overwhelmed during this time of year.

I want your holiday to be as enjoyable as possible, so here are a few tips that might make your holiday a little less stressful and a lot more festive.

1) Take a moment to meditate.

Find time during your day to create a moment of stillness. Just 10 minutes a day can give you more energy, inspiration and openness to tackle your many responsibilities with ease. Meditation is great in the morning before you start your day, during your lunch break or before going to bed.

2) Decide what YOU want your holiday season to look like.

Many of us were raised to celebrate the holidays in ways that our parents, grandparents, neighbors, and communities have. This is YOUR season, so celebrate it in ways that make you feel good.

3) Know that it’s okay to say, “No.”

If you don’t enjoy attending various holiday gatherings, buying a tree, putting out decorations, cooking lots of food, and the whole 9 yards, give yourself permission to scale back or disregard the things that feel onerous. The purpose of the holidays is to relax and enjoy the spirit of the season — not to stress you out.

4) Give yourself a break and rest.

Make time to take that long bath. Take time on the weekend to sleep in or to simply chill. Do that reorganization project you’ve been needing to do and do it easefully. Do the things that will help to support your nervous system at this time because we are actually built to slow down and regroup during the winter months.

5) Book a massage.

Sometimes we need to feel supported and massage does just that. It can help to calm your nervous system, soften muscles you didn’t know were tight, and it can even help to reconnect with your center. Massage isn’t a luxury — it’s a necessity.

Take care! I wish you the best this Holiday season has to offer!


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