Good morning, and welcome back to the blog and to the week! How was your weekend? Are things starting to get a little bit busy? We know that holiday parties and get-togethers have started happening, and of course, there’s all the shopping, meal planning, school activities – if you have kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews, etc. – decorating, baking…whew.
Whew is right. There is typically an awful lot to accomplish in the next few weeks, and on top of all that, we are heading straight into cold and flu season, which can REALLY throw a wrench in our plans. You’ve probably heard people say – or maybe you’ve said it yourself – “I’m too busy to be sick! I don’t have time for this!” or some variation on that theme. And it’s true. From November to January, we are nearly constantly in “go go go” mode, and to take a few days to recover from an illness just is NOT in the cards!
But…what if we told you there was a way to (potentially and hopefully) avoid getting sick altogether? Nothing foolproof, of course, we’re not complete miracle workers, but sometimes taking time in advance can work to prevent us from getting so rundown that we are a haven for flu and cold bugs and germs. It’s true. Whatever you want to call it, whether it’s downtime, me time, relaxation, mindfulness, self-care…it all works to help you cope mentally and physically with the crush of the holiday commitments.
It’s easier said than done, trust us, we know that. But today we’d like to offer you a few articles and tips for doing just that. Creating your own calm in the midst of chaos. It might take a little practice, but you’ve definitely got it in you. And, in a lot of ways, we owe it to ourselves – and the people around us – to take time for ourselves occasionally. We can all benefit.
Be More With Less is a site we’ve featured here before, and this article really speaks to what we’re trying to get across for the holiday season. 30 Simple Ways to Take Care of Yourself Over the Holidays is a nice list of small things we can do that can make a big difference in our lives. Something as simple as taking a short walk – without counting steps or calories burned – just for the pleasure of it, can make a world of difference in a busy season. Of course, you don’t have to do all 30, but choose the ones that speak most to you, and try to incorporate some of the list’s advice when and where you can.
Even just reading that list is somewhat soothing, and knowing the potential for a calmer holiday season kind of gives us a warm glow inside. There are so many things pulling us in so many different directions, and understanding that it’s ok to say no, or to opt out of events in favour of getting a bit more sleep or whatever we need both physically and mentally can be really rewarding.
And, it’s good practice for the coming new year too. January will hit us before we know it and with January comes New Year Resolutions, plans, changes, promises to get organized, to get to the gym, to create “a new you” and…whew. So much whew. Over the course of the next few weeks let’s all try to avoid the whew, shall we? Let’s focus on the ahhhhh…relax, recharge, renew.
We’ve all got it in us to do these things, to take care of our own needs. Let’s give it our best shot.
Enjoy the week, friends and we will be back here on Friday to chat again.