The holidays can be a stressful and busy time. Finding ways to make this time of year easier and get you into a more festive spirit is key to surviving the holidays!
1. Practice self-compassion.
You give to others, don’t forget to take care of yourself. This might include such things as reading a book, relaxing, or spending time with significant people in your life.
2. Donate something to those less fortunate.
You can donate food, toys, articles of clothing, or give your time to a cause of your choice.
3. Send a note of thanks and appreciation.
Consider sending to a friend, a family member, or a colleague. It might just make their day.
4. Find time for laughter.
Do the things that make you happy.
5. Try to get enough sleep.
At least 6 to 9 hours of sleep a night goes a long way to help manage stressful times better.
6. Spend time in nature.
Breathe in some crisp fresh air, enjoy a winter walk, or just find some peace in watching the falling snow.
7. Try to do something physically active each day.
This can help with both your physical and mental well-being.
8. Be mindful of the small joys in each day.
Take a moment to notice the beauty in the sights and sounds of the holiday season.
9. Eat healthy and nourishing food.
But don’t beat yourself up over a cookie or two.
10. Express yourself.
The holidays can bring up positive and challenging emotions. Honour these emotions by expressing them in a healthy way. Suggestions include journaling, engaging in a spiritual practice, creating new rituals or getting together with significant others.