When we focus that much of our time and energy on people and activities that don’t fulfill us, our mental and emotional health often declines. Don’t let that be you this year! Stay sane this holiday season by following these tips.
Society has put so much pressure to have the perfect “Pinterest worthy” holiday. These expectations are too overwhelming for anybody to live up to but somehow we always start the holiday season trying to live up to them. And do these expectations make the holidays better? Heck no!
Take it down a notch this year and focus on what traditions make you and your family most excited. Meaningful activities and traditions will bring you and your family more joy and happiness than trying to look like you’re having the perfect holiday.
Don’t stress about making it look perfect, just be in the moment with your loved ones.
Self-care is usually the first thing to go when life gets busy and chaotic. Why is that?? If anything, self-care should take more of a priority during the holidays. The holiday season brings so much extra stress, why throw out the very thing needed to combat it?
Self-care looks different for different people. For some, it could mean eating nutritious meals and staying more hydrated. For others, it may look like meditating or even taking naps. The goal of self-care is to do activities that bring you joy and relaxation. A good self-care routine will leave you feeling refreshed and energized instead of burned out and stressed during the holiday season.
Wanting to make this time of the year special and memorable for your family is not a bad thing. The most important thing to remember is to keep it realistic. Take an honest assessment of what you can handle physically, emotionally, and mentally and go from there. Starting simple and small is the best way to go. That way you can always add in some extra stuff later if you have the time and energy and you won’t spread yourself too thin.
Is it just me, or does time seem to go faster during this time of the year? First comes Thanksgiving, then the next thing I realize it’s New Years! There are so many holiday activities and celebrations during this time -which is good!- but it makes it so easy to run yourself into the ground trying to keep up. Make rest a priority this year by planning some downtime.
Block out some quiet time for you and your family at home. Take some naps (yes, you are allowed to nap!). Be selective in what holiday activities are most important so you are not constantly running from one thing to another.
Trust me, you will be grateful to have some relaxing pockets of time during the holidays to help you combat stress. Another bonus? Your husband and kids will benefit from it too.
Repeat after me: it is ok to ask for help. I know we all want to be supermom and do everything for ourselves and our family but that is just not realistic. It can be hard to admit that we need help. Be honest with yourself and reach out to your support system.
The holidays should be something you enjoy- not something you just “make it through.” You and your family’s mental health is more important than having a picture-perfect Thanksgiving meal or Pinterest worthy Christmas tree. Slow down and enjoy this magical time with your family. Your mental health will thank you.
My name is Melissa McAllister. I just turned 44! I have a son and daughter and my husband and I are new empty nesters! My husband is the reason I eat, drink, and sleep health and fitness. He has 2 speeds, GO and GO Faster. We have been together for over 28 years and married for 23 (yes, he had me at “hello!”). Don’t get me wrong though…I was a Doritos and Coca Cola eating Hoover when I was in school! Fitness has been an essential part of my life for over 19 years. I have the 3 best jobs in the world—being a stay-at-home Mom, business owner, and group exercise instructor for several large fitness chains. I have been teaching everything from yoga to kickboxing for over 17 years. I have also had the great opportunity to train, inspire, and motivate other instructors for the past 11 years. You might even see me in a few fitness videos out there! 😉 Reaching out to others who are struggling to be healthy and happy is my passion. I couldn’t tell you next Fall’s latest fashion must have or what flowers to plant this season, but I can help you achieve your health and fitness goals. With your determination and my motivation, we can find and keep the best YOU! I will inspire by holding myself and those around me accountable!