These are some simple easy things to do to ease into the holiday season. Everyday that passes we want to be present, feel grateful & enjoy the ride, regardless of our ups and downs. Well that means we need to stay balanced. How do we do that? Here are some tips... Enjoy!
Plan Ahead: Schedule time NOW on a weekly basis for half a day or even a couple hours (minimum an hour) every week for self care! Make the time! Go jogging, practice yoga, listen to a meditation, take a bath with oils & salts, schedule a massage, visit your chiropractor, schedule in social time with a friend you've been meaning to catch up with (for the 5th year in a row).
Have or Make Checklists: These are the best things ever invented. You have grocery lists, recipes needed, goods to bake, cards to send, family to invite...uhmmm call, prescriptions to fill, nails to pain, appointments to make, hair to be did, and the list goes on and on and on! So make checklist and the key thing here is to give it a deadline! Also, put them on your calendar! If you put all your tasks aka "honey do's" in your phone and schedule them, you will get reminders. Remember to put the notifications on!
Ask for &/or Hire help: DELEGATE is the key word here people! What is that? This means letting Aunt Becky and Tia Ofelia make the dessert and bring it to the Christmas. It means buying tamales this year, instead of making them. It means having paying someone for their time at what s/he is a genius at doing! So you, my darling, can have more rest and relaxation. This is what great leaders of the world do! I know you are a great leader in your life, so start DELEGATING! If you are making over $25/hour and you are spending your time doing something that you can pay $11 or $12/hour .... WHY in heaven's name are you busting your butt?! You can hire help. You remember that overtime and bonus, this is why it helps you. Use it wisely.
Give Yourself Permission to Feel: Your emotions will be triggered this holiday season, no matter what you try to do, not to do and/or avoid. You will be around your spouse, partner, children, siblings, coworkers, bosses, their families, your family and the extra people that will also be on high stress alert while waiting in that extremely long line at Costco the day before Thanksgiving! Release your emotional baggage by crying, going to the gym, taking a kickboxing class, punching some pillows, and/or anything else that you perceive will help you get the emotion out!
"Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail"
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