How Not to Lose Your Mind This Holiday Season

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The holiday season is upon us. It came so quickly. This is the time of year everyone gets off track. There is so much going on and so much to do that we slowly lose our minds. Just a little bit at a time. This then causes us to set some ridiculous resolution come the New Year because we are just so burnt out from the holidays.

It’s time for a preemptive strike so we can prevent getting burnt out this holiday season. No one wants to wake up January 1st exhausted, five pounds heavier, and feeling like dog poo. Instead let’s wake up feeling amazing and ready to take on a new year. That starts TODAY. Are you ready?

Learn The Word NO

The number one reason we get burnt out is we  say YES to everything. Every Holiday Party invite, every thing our kids want to attend, and going to multiple families houses, it’s exhausting. Time to start saying no to some things.

  1. Set hard, fast rules for how many things you will attend in the week. For me it’s two week day evening meet ups and only one weekend day of doing anything.
  2. Take turns going places on the holidays. This year we go to my families next year we go to yours.
  3. Don’t come up with excuses why just say no. If someone asks just say I can’t make it sorry. We don’t have to explain ourselves.
  4. When having to choose between invitations pick the one that you will feel most comfortable at and will enjoy yourself more.

Start saying no now and save your energy. You can’t be everywhere at once. Make your down time an appointment with yourself.

Self Care DAILY

The holidays are a hectic time. This is not the time to slack on self care. You need to be on your A game to make it through the holidays without burn out. That means taking time EVERY day for self care. This doesn’t need to be extreme. You don’t need to go take up weight lifting all of the sudden.

  1. Your day starts the night before. Make it your goal to get 7-9 quality hours of sleep at least 5 nights each week.
  2. Eat whole foods at least 80% of the time. You know your going to that holiday party on Saturday so eat good the rest of the week.
  3. Minimize the boozing. As much as it’s fun and I have been known to imbibe a little to much. it’s going to end badly. When we are getting drunk several nights a week our bodies are going to suffer.
  4. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. This needs to be done especially if your imbibing some. It is recommended you drink at least 1/2 your body weight in oz of water per day.
  5. Give yourself at least one rest day every week. This means you do not have to do anything outside of your home and what you do inside your home is minimal.

You can’t pour from an empty cup. If you don’t take care of yourself first you will not be able to take care of those you love later.

Focus on The Good

The holiday season seems to bring out the worst in people. I believe it should really be a happy time but it’s not that way for everyone. We get so overwhelmed with all the things and the money being spent. For some people it also brings up some sad memories of holidays of the past or missing people who are no longer around.

How can you focus on the good?

  1. Filter who you are spending your time with. If someone seems to be a particular soul suck this season it’s best to avoid them until it’s over. Surround yourself with people who are spreading cheer.
  2. Unfollow the negativity on social media. If people are really bringing you down with their social media posts unfollow them at least until they are out of their funk.
  3. Remind yourself of the positive parts of the holiday season. Do you get to spend some time with your family? Are you getting a new kitten? (I am!)  Do you get to enjoy yummy food and drinks with friends?
  4. Watch some feel good holiday movies and listen to some music to get you in the festive spirit.
  5. Have some fun! You will see more of the good when you are enjoying yourself

Remember you have control over how you want to see life and experience the holidays. Feed your mind with positive things, surround yourself with positive people, and cultivate positive experiences.

Don’t let the holidays lead to burn out. Enjoy them, take care of yourself, and put on your party pants. It’s time to have some fun and get ready for another amazing year.

How are you going to make the holidays great? Leave a comment and let me know. Remember  YOU ARE ENOUGH!

XoXo

Megan

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