The holiday season is upon us! While this may not apply to everyone, this is a time that many people get caught up in the hustle-and-bustle of shopping, traveling, decorating, cooking, or gearing up their businesses for sales and promotions. Whatever position you may find yourself in, it’s important that you don’t wear yourself out.
“Sensory overload” can almost be considered an understatement given all that goes on during this time of the year. Just the change in weather can have a profound effect on our wellbeing! Yes, it can be exciting and stimulating, being out and about, connecting with friends, family, and coworkers; yet this can be an intense pull on our bodies and mind which can leave us depleted. Depression and anxiety are all too common during this time, so it’s vital that you preserve some energy and make time for yourself.
A few things to consider:
- Have a plan. Things can be a little hectic but having some degree of organization from the start will be beneficial.
- Delegate! You don’t have to do everything, enlist the help of family and friends.
- Slow down.
- Don’t neglect your diet. Easy to get caught up in rushed unhealthy eating patterns! Be sure to fuel your body properly to deal with the additional stressors!
- Make time for others. Some may not have family, or friends during this time of year, devote some time to visit or go out with others. This is mutually beneficial, by helping others, it allows you time to reflect.
I’ve mentioned in previous posts, it’s important to take an ecological approach to our health. Be aware of the people you have in your life and connections that are no longer serving you. Don’t neglect exercise, and make sure to spend some time in nature. We may be pulled in many different directions this season, which can be a tremendous drain on our nervous system. Mindfulness can serve as the tool that cuts through the tension and stress of the holiday season. May this article provide you with what you need to make the most efficient use of your time and energy, that you may have a pleasant and abundant holiday season.