‘Tis the season to be jolly, but for many of us, holiday time can come with extra stress and pressure. This should be the time to celebrate some time off and have fun with family and friends. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way. Use these tips to make the most of your holidays and savour every moment!
Take some time out for you
Even though it’s a crazy time - the shops are full of last-minute Christmas buyers, family conflicts abound, and everyone’s rushing to get the last bits of work done, that doesn’t mean you should forget about your own needs. By scheduling some special time for you, you’ll be able to give more to others. Remember – you can’t fill from an empty cup!
- Write your thoughts in a journal
- Take a relaxing bath with magnesium salts
- Take a walk in nature
- Treat yourself to your favourite meal
- Put on some music and dance!
- Watch a funny movie
- Try a new exercise class
- Get yourself some flowers
- Enjoy a well-earned nap
- Get a manicure
- Curl up on the couch with a nice book
- Book in a massage
Do a random act of kindness
Generous people are apparently happier – so why not go out of your way to do something extra special for someone. It may just brighten your day in the most unexpected way! The key is to do it without expectation of return.
- Compliment a stranger
- Bake some delicious treats for the family
- Send flowers to someone
- Let someone cut the line in front of you
- Donate clothes
- Send someone a letter of how grateful you are for them
Take care of your health
If you’re not taking steps to nourish and move your body, then you’re more likely to feel drained, stressed and not exactly in the mood for any holiday cheer. Take time out of your busy schedule to do some quick workouts that’ll help boost your mood and energy, so you can take on whatever the holiday season throws at you. If you're short on time, use these tips to make the most of your day!
- Make yourself a daily green smoothie
- Try a 20-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) session
- Spend 10 minutes on a guided meditation
- Write down three things you’re grateful for
- Book those medical appointments for the new year (you know, the ones you’ve been putting off) so it’s off your mind
- Have a protein shake
- Take friends or family with you on a local hike
Manage your expectations
Everyone wants to have the perfect time during the holidays – most of us know, however, that it’s not always all fun and games. You may forget about the tensions that can arise during the break because you've been so focused on the issues at work. Problems don’t stop when you leave the office! Instead of being stressed about work, perhaps now you’re worried about whether your family members will get along, whether you’ll make that flight, or even finding a park during the craze of last-minute Christmas shopping.
- Take a quick inventory – where do you see all positives and no negatives?
- Balance it out – what are the negatives about the supposed positive things coming up, and what are the positives about the negatives you’re afraid of?
- Set aside differences with people for the spirit of the holidays
- Go with the flow and practice embracing what comes
Practise being truly present with loved ones
In the age of technology, we have more ways to stay connected, and yet many of us feel more disconnected than ever. Take the time to be there with your friends and family these holidays fully. Put away the phones, make eye contact like the good old days and share a few stories and laughs! Not only will it boost your happiness hormones, but you’ll also create great memories that you can cherish throughout the year (and share on your socials later if you want to!).
- Centre yourself with a breathing practice beforehand
- No multitasking!
- Listen (Really listen) more than you speak
When you need extra support – look to these supplements
Even while you’re eating healthy, exercising and taking steps to manage stress, sometimes you need an extra bit of help. The festive season comes with much joy but can also make you feel unforeseen pressures. If you’re looking to stay zen these holidays, consider using some of the supplements we have to support you with at Vitamin King. They contain a combination of ingredients that are designed to promote mental ease and general wellbeing, so you can take the edge off and be fully present with those you love.