Aging Youthful Holiday Survival Guide
I thought I’d share a simple holiday survival guide after our last post, The Aging Youthful Holiday Gift Guide! Now that December is here and it’s supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year” for some of us it can be the most stressful time of year shopping and buying all those gifts.
As I lifestyle coach, I help the women I coach find balance with all the hats they wear by teaching them to find ways to give themselves some grace and love in their crazy-busy lives. With Christmas just a few short weeks away, it is even harder with the added tasks of shopping, wrapping presents, baking, holiday parties, concerts and …….the list goes on and on. I’d like to share three tips to help you survive the holidays without pulling your hair out.
Take Time For Self – Care
When the world around us starts to spin out of control like a playground merry-go-round, one of the best ways to make it stop is to simply hop off. The first step in our holiday survival guide is practicing self-care with simple things like:
- Take 20 minutes, draw yourself a bath with a few drops of lavender essential oil and Epsom salt.
- Make a batch of popcorn, turn off your phone, turn down the lights and watch your favorite holiday movie (it’s Rudolph for me!).
- Even better, go to a movie in the theater.
- Pamper yourself with a facial or a mani/pedi or all three!
Whatever it is you like to do, do it. Even if it’s just for a few minutes!
Enjoy The Goodies Of The Season Without Guilt
WHAT? Yep, enjoy those goodies! Don’t let a few cookies or an extra serving of your favorite holiday side dish freak you out. As I mentioned above, I teach balance in my lifestyle program and part of that is not feeling deprived of your favorite things. I don’t know about you, but for me I know when I’m told I can’t have something, it makes me want it more!
So, go to the Christmas party and have an extra slice of your favorite dessert. Cookies in the office, have some. Grab the bread off the buffet and enjoy it! Unless you have celiac or another medical reason, why not? Again, it’s all about balance. Having these goodies is OK as long as you are still eating plenty of whole, unprocessed foods the rest of the time and drinking plenty of plain, filtered water. The water will help flush out some of those treats and the whole foods give you the nutrients your body needs.
Move Your Body
Keeping up with your fitness routine is uber-important during the holidays. If you don’t have a fitness routine, start one. The third tip in our holiday survival guide is moving your body. It is one of the best ways to keep the stress at bay during the holidays. While the weather outside can be frightful in the north in the winter, bundle up and go for a walk outside. Ideally, get out during daylight, but I know that’s not always possible with shorter daylight hours in the northern latitudes in December. To get outside, get a decent headlamp, a pair of Yak Trax for your boots and a reflective vest and go when you get home. It doesn’t have to be long, just breathing in fresh air this time of year is helpful! Check out my blog post A Northern Girls Guide To Low Daylight Survival for even more tips to get through the season.
Another great way to de-stress this holiday season, is heading to a yoga class. The 60 or 90 minutes you spend on your mat, is one of the best ways to take the stress out of the season. If you go for nothing else, go for the savasana! Whether you flow with the best of them, hit a handstand like a champ or hang out in child’s pose for the class, it’s time well spent.
There you have it, our simple holiday survival guide. What are some of your favorites? Drop a comment below, and/or on our Facebook or Instagram pages. (Be sure to follow me on Instagram…I like to have fun with InstaStories and share my love of Aussie butts. It’s mostly Takum’s backside, but I’m always on the lookout for cute Aussie butts!).