With Thanksgiving in the rearview and December only a few short days away. I think it is safe to say that we are well into the holiday season. As this post goes live on Cyber Monday, I am sure we are all beginning to feel the pressures that can come during this time. While granted, the holiday season can be a time of joy and celebration, it can also be overwhelming and stressful.
It’s important to prioritize self-care and find ways to decompress during this busy time. I wanted to share some helpful tips to help you unwind and relax this holiday season and to gear up for the coming new year.
It’s essential to consider your personal preferences and circumstances when choosing which tips to incorporate into your holiday routine. Some tips may resonate more with you than others, and that’s perfectly okay. Experiment with different strategies and find what works best for you.
Now, let’s delve into the tips to decompress this holiday season:
Tip 1: Practice Mindfulness and Gratitude
Engaging in mindfulness exercises, such as meditation or deep breathing, can help you stay present and reduce stress. Take a few moments each day to focus on your breath and let go of any worries or distractions. Maybe journaling is more your style, which I also find to be a wonderful way to document the good things in our lives and keeps us counting blessings and tracking the memories we have made.
Tip 2: Prioritize Self-Care
Amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, don’t forget to prioritize self-care. Set aside time for activities that bring you joy and relaxation, whether it’s reading a book, taking a long bath, or going for a walk in nature. I love staying diligent with my skincare and think that pampering yourself (while seemingly tedious) makes me feel so much better in the long run.
Tip 3: Connect with Loved Ones
The holiday season is an excellent time to connect with loved ones and strengthen your relationships. Make an effort to spend quality time with family and friends, whether it’s through virtual gatherings or small, intimate celebrations. There are also tons of incredible and festive outings throughout NYC. I will be sharing a bunch of locations decked out for the holidays throughout the coming month. They make great photo opps and places to make memories.
Tip 4: Set Boundaries
Setting boundaries is crucial for maintaining your well-being during the holidays. Focus on your musts and the activities related to your own value system. If you allow your schedule to be dictated by others and outside circumstances you lose control over your time and end up feeling burnt out and even resentful. Learn to say no to activities or commitments that drain your energy and leave you feeling overwhelmed. Prioritize your needs and make self-care a priority.
Tip 5: Engage in Physical Activity
Physical activity is not only beneficial for your physical health but also for your mental well-being. Find ways to incorporate movement into your daily routine, whether it’s through a workout, yoga practice, or simply taking a walk in your neighborhood. I think that keeping up with daily work outs keep my energy levels up and spirits high. You’ll be so proud of yourself for following through and give yourself that sense of self gratification afterwards.
Tip 6: Unplug and Disconnect
In a digitally connected world, it’s important to take breaks from screens and technology. Allocate specific times during the day to unplug and disconnect from social media, emails, and work-related tasks. Use this time to engage in activities that nourish your soul and bring you joy (such as the above suggestions).
Use this list as a starting off point but remember that self care and what lights us up is subjective to each individual. Choose things that make you happy and bring you peace and remember to schedule those activities in your day to day routines. The holiday season should be a time of rest, reflection, and rejuvenation. It’s not always as easy as it looks and I of all people could do well to take my own advice but I believe implementing these tips into your routine, you can create a sense of calm and find moments of tranquility amidst the holiday hustle.
I hope these suggestions help you to decompress and enjoy the holiday season!