Holidays are meant to be a time of relaxation, holidays, beach and a good book but for many of us it means more things to add to that never ending ‘list of things to do’. So here are my top tips to actually enjoying the Christmas holidays and starting 2016 feeling refreshed and revitalised.
How are you breathing right now? Stop and take 10 deep lung-filling breaths to oxygenate your whole body and reduce stress levels. You can do this as many times as you like throughout the day to calm yourself and focus on the present. Stuck in traffic, kids wanting to kill each other, Standing in line at shopping center listening to repetitive Christmas music. Anywhere and anytime is a great time to breath.
Cut back on the stimulants
It can be easy to fill up on caffeine to keep your motor running at this time of the year but excess caffeine can elevate your heart rate and increase stress and anxiety. Swap half of your caffeine-based drinks for green or herbal tea and start the day with hot or cold water with fresh lemon juice instead of your morning coffee hit. Fill an ice cube tray with lemon, lime juice and mint leaves to cut time and order a fresh vegetable juice when you are out shopping instead of a coffee.
Don’t stop reading now! Yoga is an amazing way to get out of your head and get into your body. You don’t have to attend a class and buy the latest yoga gear. I am a huge fan of the 5 Tibetans, which you can do at home in 15 min day. I was taught these 5 Tibetan Rights 20 years ago by and amazing yoga instructor when I worked at camp Eden. Life Changing…
Write a list
Write a manageable list of extra jobs to tackle in the next 3 weeks to make your Christmas run smoothly. Take note of everything you have to do and prioritise then into manageable daily tasks. There is nothing more rewarding than crossing off the days to do list.
If you are hosting Christmas this year delegate tasks and meals. Ask everyone to bring a salad, nibbles etc. Your family will feel more engaged and connected to the day if they are involved in the preparation. Do your grocery shopping online so that you know exactly what you need and don’t forget any essential items on the day.
I hope these tips help you have a wonderful holiday season. Relax, enjoy more, spend less and practice gratitude for what you have.